Growth in interest in tyre pyrolysis sees UK’s Tyre Recovery Association develop a Pyrolysis Sub Group
TRA to Launch Pyrolysis Group
In response to the growing interest in tyre pyrolysis in the UK and beyond, the Tyre Recovery Association is to launch a sub-group of interested members to address a number of matters of common importance.
The UK has seen a number of developments in the past 24 months. The 2019 RWM saw some 13 Exhibitors promoting pyrolysis, and several more interested parties visited the Tyre and Rubber Recycling stand at the exhibition.
Since then we have seen the success of Carlton Forest’s operation at Worksop, and investment from Norway’s Wastefront, Powerhouse Energy’s development at Chester, and interest from a range of companies already involved in tyre recycling across the UK, with more potential operations arising on a regular basis.
The aim of the new group which will hold its first scoping meeting in January 2021 will be to consider pyrolysis in the context of the current regulatory environment as well as barriers and opportunities in the areas of product and market development.
With the number of potential new market entrants on the increase, ensuring that the UK, as a nation, is well-placed to benefit from this developing process for dealing with post-consumer tyres (and polymers) is a ‘must’. From being all too often viewed as a ‘problem’ waste, old tyres should be seen as an important resource which deserves to be better valorised. The TRA’s hope is that tyre pyrolysis as a now emerging technology will play a significant role in achieving this ambition.