Environment: The natural world or a particular geographical area especially affected by human activity
According to figures from local authorities, between an estimated 10 and 15 million tyres are now in illegal dumps around Ireland, this is a serious environmental issue.
This new single compliance scheme will assist local authorities in tackling illegal dumping and will see tyres being tracked from the time they enter the market to the time they leave it.
Circular economy – what does this mean in real terms for the tyre industry?
The development of the circular economy finds new ways of dealing with End of Life Tyres (ELT) as a resource, as we close the loop, where waste was once generated.
Globally economies are moving away from the linear model of doing business. Products produced with a take, make, consume and dispose approach, only continue to create waste. The circular economy appreciates that resources are limited. It creates a circle to take what once was regarded as waste and creates a new resource. This involves re-using and recycling existing materials and products at the end of their life.
Moving towards a circular economy is at the heart of the resource efficiency agenda established under the European Commission’s Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The main ideas on how to do more with less are being taken further in the EU’s Environment Action Programme to 2020.
According to the European Commission, using resources more efficiently will bring new growth and job opportunities. It has been estimated that better eco-design, waste prevention and reuse can bring net savings for EU businesses of up to EUR 600 billion, while also reducing total annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Following a recent European study on the life cycle of tyres, which investigated 9 recovery methods for end of life tyres, it was concluded that the recovery routes for ELT’s are both economically and environmentally relevant and play a role in changing the status of end of life tyres from waste to products.
The European commission in highlighting the benefits of the circular economy has stated that ‘ ‘Sustainable Development stands for meeting the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the ability of futures generations to meet their own needs – in other words, a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. It offers a vision of progress that integrates immediate and longer-term objectives, local and global action, and regards social, economic and environmental issues as inseparable and interdependent components of human progress.
Sustainable development will not be brought about by policies only: it must be taken up by society at large as a principle guiding the many choices each citizen makes every day, as well as the big political and economic decisions that have to be taken. This requires profound changes in thinking, in economic and social structures and in consumption and production patterns.’
Tyres handled in an environmentally sound manner are a valuable resource for new applications and product to be created.
'Under the circular economy model the production of goods operates like the systems in nature, where the waste and demise of a substance becomes the food and source of growth for something new'
Ellen Mac Arthur foundation