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ELT Management

ELT management in Europe

In 2015, about 3.87 million tonnes of used tyres were managed in an environmentally sound manner. This represents a 2.3% increase in arisings compared to 2014. After sorting out the data of those tyres going for reuse or retreading, an estimated 3.19 million tonnes of end-of-life tyres (ELTs) were left to be treated.

This material flow went into a variety of recycling applications, public works and civil engineering or was used as a fuel substitute in cement kilns, boilers and power plants.

Video: ELT collection and recovery (Aliapur©)

Compared to ETRMA previously reported figures, a change of methodology was introduced by ETRMA to calculate the 2014 and 2015 ELT management results. The new methodology recognises the hybrid nature of cement manufacturing where both recycling and energy recovery simultaneously occur. The co-processing of ELTs in cement kilns leads to the physical incorporation in the clinker of the inorganic content of ELTs (steel, silica, ... which represent about 25% by weight of the ELT stream sent to cement plants), the use of its biomass content reducing CO2 emissions and the use of its Carbon content as a substitute to conventional fossil fuels used in cement manufacturing.

In addition, the perimeter of the EU figures consolidated by ETRMA was extended to Serbia and Croatia, covering now 32 countries, which provides a more representative snapshot of the performance of ELT Management in Europe.