LONDON—Tire recycling industry group the Tyre Recovery Association has warned that more than 1,000 jobs will be lost if the United Kingdom Environment Agency's proposed new fire prevention guidelines are implemented in full.
The EA's proposed stack height restrictions and minimum fire break widths are arbitrary and have not been subjected to a proper impact assessment, according to a recent press statement from the association.
The costs associated with the substantially increased space required to accommodate waste would make regulated British tire recycling businesses commercially unviable and force them to close, TRA said.
Professional retailers who adhere to the standards required would lose business to unregulated or illegal operators, TRA noting that the EA regularly inspects regulated businesses but rarely visits the hundreds of companies who operate under exemptions.
“Businesses within the sector are threatened by companies who do not adhere to the regulations or do not meet the standards of best practice followed by our members,” said Peter Taylor, secretary General of the TRA. “Under these proposals, there is quite simply not enough site space for processors and collectors to operate economically. Many will be forced to close and employees will lose their jobs, leaving illegal operators as the only option.”
The situation has become so serious that operations of members of the TRA are threatened and as a result the association is appealing to local MPs to help save jobs, lobby against the proposals and support conscientious operators.
EA proposals in various forms have been under consideration for the last four years and the TRA has repeatedly urged the EA to rethink their plans. Many recycling operations would be rendered unsustainable as site capacities would be drastically reduced if they were implemented in this form.