By P.W. Dufton | Published Rapra Industry Analysis Report, 2001 | Paperback | 150 pp
This Rapra Industry Analysis Report provides data and comment about the progress in the UK, Europe and North America in the handling of the problem of used tyres once removed from vehicles. Legislation in Europe is concentrating the minds of authorities and operators alike, to provide sustainable solutions to the recovery and recycling of these tyres and to maximise the benefit from such activity.
The report considers the various options for the recovery and recycling of used tyres. A brief description of tyre construction and design is accompanied by discussion of trends in tyre manufacturing and how these may affect subsequent recycling. After an analysis of the retread industry and its relevance to the recycling issues, the different routes that a non-retreadable tyre may take are examined: rubber crumb production, pyrolysis, reclaim rubber and other chemical or thermal processes that yield a selection of end products. The processes involved and the applications of the resulting materials are discussed. Recovery of energy from used tyres by incineration and the techniques involved is also reviewed.
The regulatory initiatives and legislative pressures likely to affect the management of end-of-life tyres are considered with discussion of the situation in Europe, North America and Japan. Estimates are provided for the quantities of tyres involved. Analyses of these figures allows comparison between the various recycling activities and the emerging trends are discussed.
The report will be of interest to a range of different sectors from those responsible for waste management, regulatory bodies and local authorities through retreaders and recyclers to those who make rubber-containing products or who plan to enhance value from the materials contained in end-of-life tyres.
About the Author... Peter W. Dufton graduated from Cambridge University in materials Science before taking a research degree for work on mechanical properties of high strength aircraft materials. He joined Dunlop in 1970 to work on tyre reinforcement materials before moving within the company to technical support and product development in the Overseas Division. This was followed by a period as Overseas Business Development Manager in Dunlop Adhesives. Since joining Rapra in 1987, as a consultant in the business analysis and publishing areas, he has undertaken multi-client work in the field of market research on a range of topics. These include tyres, fire-related matters, wire and cable and various other end-use sectors for the polymers, individual polymer materials development and compounding additives. He is also the author of several reports in the Rapra Industry Analysis Series.