Defra reports that over 90% of used tyres are presently recovered. However, every year several million used tyres remain unaccounted for and 14,000 incidents of fly tipping involving used tyres are reported in England alone. Illegal operations and criminality are widely recognised in the sector. The full potential of the industry’s voluntary compliance scheme has been frustrated by regulatory loopholes and the challenges of effective enforcement. The capture of 100% of used tyres into compliant recovery routes would maximise the opportunity for improved recovery outcomes and curtail waste crime.
A renewed model for used tyre recovery is needed:
- Making it easier for holders of waste to do the right thing
- Enabling full capture of used tyres into compliant recovery
- Delivering improved environmental outcomes
- Increasing compliance and traceability, and reducing waste crime.