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From vehicle to vehicle, Tyre Recycling in the EU

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2nd Annual Vehicle Recycling International Conference

On 22-23 October 2019, the 2nd Annual Vehicle Recycling International Conference was held in Berlin and attended by qualifyed entrepreneurs involved at various levels with the sector.

The conference was a great platform for learning, exchanging opinions and expanding one's network enabled by a lively Panel Discussion and Q&A sessions. It offered the opportunity to discuss the most pressing issues of vehicle dismantling, to meet representatives of the biggest scrap metal recycling companies and leaders from automotive and manufacturing industries, including plastic and rubber recyclers.

KEY POINTS:

  • • ELV waste management
  • • Best practice overview of ROI
  • • Using of ELV cars in non-EU countries
  • • The new advantages of vehicle recycling techniques
  • • Recent trends, opportunities and challenges of ELV
  • • The future of plastic car parts recovery

EttoreMusacchi, ETRA President, made a presentation underlining some of the critical points concerning tyre recycling andcontradictions found in EU policy which, if rectified,could stimulate the use of greater quantities of RTMs to support a vibrant circular economy.He highlighted some of the most prevalent obstacles to a strong implementation of EU policy, among these: an instrumental issue related to PAH contennt of SBR used in Artificial turf, Microplastics, Data Collection, Basel Convention Revisions, Tyre Sourcing, all of which will b ediscussed at the 27TH ETRA CONFERENCE ON TYRE RECYCLING 25-27 March 2020, in Brussels.

He aslo showed some promising opportunities to use recycled rubber back into products for the automotive sector, that stimulated the debate and follow up contacts with the Conference Delegates after the event. He took part to the panel discussion in which he underlined the need for a stronger EU Policy on recycling, the insufficient implementation of GPP, and the lack of incentives to stimulate use of recycled materials by the industry.The Circular economy is a critical focus of EU environment policy, but needs even greater attention and support from the Commission. ETRA is working in this direction.

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