Tyres contain multiple valuable materials such as rubber (75%), steel (15%) and textile fibres (10%). Tyres that cannot be used anymore and are disposed of become an end-of-life tyre (ELT). Around 50% of ELTs in EU are mechanically recycled to recover their high-value materials. By breaking down the rubber contained in waste tyres into smaller granules, recycled rubber can be used in many applications across diverse sectors e.g., sports, construction, agriculture, automotive, etc.
However, with the lack of regulatory incentives to enhance existing and develop new end-markets for recycling, a significant volume of tyres are incinerated. In other words, for every one tyre incinerated in Europe one tyre is mechanically recycled. EuRIC advocates for a favourable policy framework that includes:
of the 3 Mt of ELTs produced in the EU are recycled
tonnes of CO2 are saved by recycling ELTs into materials for sports pitches
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