BRUSSELS—The European Tyre Recycling Association and the ASTM International are coming together to establish global ASTM standards for recycled rubber materials, ETRA said in a news release.
The planned standards will cover materials including crumb rubber, powders and recovered carbon black, ETRA said in an Oct. 25 press release.
“One of the biggest barriers to the development of the tire recycling sector is the lack of a single, globally recognized standard specification for recycled rubber materials,” ETRA said.
“Consumers of materials are faced with a plethora of different specifications from every producer. Producers are working towards their own best available output. The result is that large consumers of rubber materials are faced with specification and quality challenges.”
ETRA will include the development of recycled rubber standards as a topic at its annual meeting in Brussels March 16-18, the association said.
Meanwhile, ETRA and ASTM will begin a series of meetings on recycled rubber standards in Tampa, Fla., in December, ETRA said. These will be meetings of Committee D04 on Road Paving and Materials (Dec 8-10), Committee D11 on Rubber (Dec. 7-9), and Committee D24 on Carbon Black (Dec. 7-9).
Committee D24 will meet again June 13-14 in Vienna, ETRA said. Committee D04 will meet again in Chicago June 28-30, and Committee D11 also in Chicago June 27-29, it said.