ETRMA calls for EU-wide ‘end of waste’ status for rubber for tires
Brussels – Two European industrial organizations are pushing for “end of waste” (EoW) criteria to be developed for recycled tire rubber, a move that could ensure a wider use of the material.
The European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) and the European Confederation of Recycling Industries (EuRIC) presented evidence on 29 October showing that end-of-life rubber meets EoW criteria.
According to European criteria. some materials from end-of-life products cease to be considered as waste and instead become a secondary product or raw material.
In a joint statement, ETRMA and EuRIC explained that it would be “advantageous” to accept such an EU-wide EoW criterion for ELT rubber.
“The rubber supply chain is poised for the next step in advancing and adopting recycling of ELT-derived rubber,” the two organizations said, providing a recent assessment of the sector in member states of the EU.
The EoW status, they argued, will ensure that trade across the EU takes place “normally under equal conditions and with equivalent opportunities across borders”. This would reduce, they added, the administrative burdens associated with trading in ELT rubber materials.
Registration will also ensure the material’s responsibility for safety and quality since many regulations – including declarations of performance for construction products or REACH – only apply after the material has ceased to be used. be waste.
“All of this is of utmost importance in increasing the use of ELT-derived rubber in the manufacture of new rubber products for high value-added end-use markets,” the organizations added.
In addition, the two bodies said securing the categorization of ELT rubber was “essential” for the European circular economy.
“This can only be done with a European end-of-waste criterion, which translates into [into] a legal text, applicable in all Member States.
This move, they added, will boost market confidence, increase investor security and boost R&D in the sector.
The EU’s “Waste Framework Directive” empowers the European Commission to specify when waste that has undergone recovery, including recycling, can achieve EoW status.
The EC intends to develop EoW criteria that certain types of waste would have to meet to cease to be waste.
To cease to be waste, the substance or object must be routinely used for specific purposes; and a market or demand should exist for such a substance or such an object.
In addition, the substance or object must meet the technical requirements for the specific purposes and comply with existing legislation and standards applicable to the products.