Tyre fires keep the heat on disposal crisis

A series of tyre fires has drawn attention to the Government's failure to fulfil promises in its 1990 White Paper on the environment to tackle the growing tyre disposal crisis. A new study has shown that discarded tyres are accumulating at a rate of almost 400,000 tonnes per year.

The lack of a proper waste management infrastructure for tyres has been highlighted by reports from local authorities of increased fly-tipping of tyres (ENDS Report 202, pp 8-9), and now the National Rivers Authority (NRA) has spotlighted tyre dumping as a problem in watercourses.

In the north Manchester area alone, removing tyres from rivers is costing it up to £10,000 per year. South Manchester and Cheshire have the same problem.

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