Tyrewise - Recycling for end of life tyres

Tyrewise Project

Tyrewise Project – March 2012 onwards

The Tyrewise project commenced in March 2012 with the Ministry of the Environment awarding Waste Minimisation Fund funding for the development of a stewardship programme for End of Life Tyres (ELTs).

The aim of the project was to enable industry to work together to deliver a consistent nationwide approach to the responsible disposal of tyres.

Various industry stakeholders worked together to develop the programme, forming the Tyrewise Working Group.

With the submission of the Business Plan, Scheme Launch Preparation Plan and Scheme Accreditation application in August 2013, the last Tyrewise Project Milestone was completed. This also marked the completion of the Tyrewise project phase.

During the interim phase from completion of the project to scheme implementation, the current working group for Tyrewise will continue to act in an advisory group capacity.

Full details of the project are available:

Ministry for the Environment Waste Tyres Economic Research Report

Intervention options to promote investment in on-shore waste tyres recycling

In 2014 as part of the process covered in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 to consider declaration of tyres as a priority product waste stream, Former Minster for the Environment, Honourable Amy Adams, called for further investigation into the intervention options to promote investment in on-shore waste tyre recycling.

This was specifically to look at the current barriers to investment which were not fully covered by the scope of the Tyrewise project. These were identified as limited addressable end-use market sized, business model requiring scale and insufficient funding.

Three models were assessed by KPMG, these were:

A) Enhanced Status Quo: a collection of “quick wins” which do not require new legislation;
B) Free Market with additional regulatory protections (Bounded Free Market): introduction of additional regulation and market-led delivery of outcomes; and
C) Mandatory Product Stewardship: co-regulatory approach underpinned by new regulation per the Tyrewise proposal.

The Tyrewise Economic Modelling and Cost Benefit Analysis were provided to KPMG as background material. This was delivered in June 2015 to MfE who have advised that it “needs to be digested by the Ministry and advice provided to the Minister. After which the most appropriate next step would be to publish the report on the Ministry’s website. As soon as this is done they will send a link to Tyrewise for onward distribution. 08/06/2015”. KPMG report

For more information about the current progress of the Tyrewise scheme implementation please visit the News page of the website.