Lack of consistent and available information for the whole Tyre Industry has hindered understanding of current and future issues that need to be addressed to improve sustainability. There has also been a lack of awareness of how one sector of the Industry can influence sustainable change in the other sectors. This report sets out the current situation regarding the manufacture, use, reprocessing and disposal of tyres within the UK. It identifies current and future challenges and recommends options to achieve more sustainable changes. In order to quantify the current situation in the Tyre Industry mass balance models were developed to generate post consumer tyre arisings by region, and resource use and environmental impacts of tyre manufacture, tyre use and tyre reprocessing. Post consumer tyre arisings were generated for base year of 1998 and predicted for future years. These were compared with estimated future reprocessing capacities. The other mass balance models gave data on the resource use from tyre manufacture, use and reprocessing. It was found that (for 1998), 18% of tyres produced in the UK were used in the UK; 9070kT of fuel were consumed just to overcome the rolling resistance between tyres and the road surface; 40,000kT of air emissions were released resulting from fuel combustion; post consumer tyre arisings will increase by approximately 30% by 2012. Regarding disposal, 41% of the post consumer tyre arisings in 1998 were not reprocessed but disposed of in landfill, stockpiles or illegally dumped. Five primary recommendations are presented that will achieve improvements in tyre sustainability. Each recommendation has an associated list of actions that can create positive sustainable change. Improve sustainability in the UK Tyre Industry through Integrated Product Policy development. Implement comprehensive, consistent and permanent resource flow monitoring and reporting procedures. Implement waste planning initiatives that maintain balance of centralised reprocessing with regional reprocessing, and target capacity to need. Promote and encourage investment in prioritised new recycling technologies and markets. Implement Environment Agency national 'Duty of Car Awareness/Compliance campaign'.

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