MONTREAL (Feb. 2, 1025) — If one common denominator exists for end-of-life tire management across the globe, it could be this: There is no common denominator.
Each country, as well as in each state in the U.S. and province and territory in Canada, has its own set of regulations that address discarded tires or, in some cases, what to do with stockpiles.
That was the underlying theme during a session at the Rubber Recycling Symposium, held recently in Montreal. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), along with Recyc-Quebec, sponsored the biennial symposium, titled Driving Innovation to Drive Markets.
The difference in programs is particularly striking in the U.S., where each state, rather than the federal government, regulates scrap tires. That includes market development, cleaning up stockpiles, developing regulations and initiating and implementing incentive and grant programs. The U.S. generates about 6 million scrap tires annually.