ETRA, the European Tyre Recycling Association, is the only European organisation devoted exclusively to tyre and rubber recycling. Membership reflects both the public and private sectors involved in environmentally sound tyre man-agement and valorisation. Policy and decision makers as well as those charged with organising and connecting the links in the valorisation chain are represented.
With a focus on material recycling, ETRA members include companies that process tyres into standardised materials or use the materials in an expanding array of applications and products. Support-service industries including tyre collec-tors, equipment manufacturers, training and research insti-tutions, and product developers, as well as governments and NGOs, are also members
ETRA members subscribe to a ‘Sustainable Development Charter’ and have participated in discussions on REACH. Member companies have pre-registered through the ETRA-Umena programme.
As the industry has matured, industry standards and guide-lines have been prepared. ETRA has also worked with members, research bodies and related industries to dev-elop new products and markets. ETRA is currently perfecting an information and marketing strategy that includes production and material standards, product and material branding, and intellectual property protection opportunities.
Recognised by the EU Commission and Parliament, ETRA assisted in the Recycling Forum and dialogue on the Them-atic Strategy for the prevention and recycling of waste. ETRA is a member of the European Recycling Coalition and was a keynote speaker at the 2006 Parliamentary hearings on Waste Management Policy, and again in January 2008. ETRA is presently contributor to the discussions of ‘end-of-waste’ criteria. ETRA contributed to the UN (UNEP) Basel Convention ‘Guidelines for the identification and management of used tyres’ and participates in mis-sions for the UNOPS.
Co-ordinating WP8 and cooperating on WP7 (LCA, LCC, social impact,) along the whole life of the project. ETRA will provide advice and information on the recycling, environmental impacts and energy issues relating to end-of-life tyres, and their benefit to the project. Members of the ETRA Team will assist in :
- Performance of a market analysis on the commercialisation and industrial options available for the output materials compared to mainstream alternatives.
- In cooperation with the project partners, development of a detailed plan for industrial use.
- Ongoing updating of the web-site
- Planning, organising, implementing and following-up of three seminars and working sessions within the annual ETRA conference and pyrolysis forum
- Preparation for participating in other events in eastern Europe, the middle-east, and North America;
- Design and preparation of documentation for dissemination to scientific and industrial bodies as well as for the public at large.
- The activities will run in parallel with the various phases of the project.