Official reports indicate that more than 2,500,000 tonnes of post-consumer tyres are permanently removed from vehicles each year in the 15 Member States of the European Union and must be disposed in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner. However, in almost every State, both collectors and those who provide alternative treatment and disposal routes vigorously dispute these figures and official reports on tyre arisings are not consistent across the Member States. The report is a summary of a detailed report produced by the European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) entitled 'Tyre Flows and Valorisation of Post-consumer Tyres in Europe: State of the Art report', available direct from ETRA. The purpose of this report is to describe the status quo across the European Union (EU) concerning the practices and procedures currently used to collect, interpret and report information on post-consumer tyres and to present the current situation in terms of tyre flows and the valorisation of post-consumer tyres. The report concludes that tying post-consumer tyre arisings to new tyre sales is a flawed collection method. Better data can be collected directly through the tyre manufacturers, vehicle manufacturers and sellers. However, there are glaring absences of information on retreaded tyres and imported tyre sales. The report recommends that a number of issues must be resolved for further progress to occur, including amongst others, reviews of the barriers to recycling, existing treatment capacity, image, and waste definition. Currently 13 States have indicated their interest in working together to develop an improved data collection and reporting system for post-consumer tyres.

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