IETC Compiling Technologies for Used Tyres
October 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) has announced that, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales, Australia, it is developing a compendium of technologies to recover materials and/or energy from used tyres. Used tyres have emerged as a major waste stream in both developing and developed countries.
According to IETC, in developed countries, used tyres are often recycled, used as an energy source for industry, or converted into crumb rubber for industrial applications, but large stockpiles also are common. In developing countries, tyres are often left to accumulate or set on fire to recover metal from tyre beads.
In an effort to improve and scale up recycling practices, IETC will produce a compendium overview of generic and specific technologies, as well as a guidelines on developing an inventory of existing used tyre stockpiles. [UNEP IETC Newsletter]