Tyre dump prosecution and fire increase pressure for recycling

A company which accumulated a stockpile of more than a million waste tyres without a waste disposal licence was fined £2,000 this month, exposing the legal pitfalls facing tyre recycling schemes. Meanwhile, a fire at a tyre dump in Wales is continuing to underline the need for official action to improve the prospects for tyre recycling and curb uncontrolled dumping.

The prosecution was brought by Humberside County Council against Tyre Disposals (UK), which began storing tyres on an abandoned airfield at Hibaldstow, near Scunthorpe, last August. The site took waste tyres from the motor trade and large quantities of manufacturing rejects and scrap tyres from SP Tyres, formerly Dunlop.

Tyre Disposals' aim was to process the tyres to produce rubber crumb, but to date these plans have not come to fruition

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