BRUSSELS—About 94 percent of Europe's end-of-life tires were collected and treated for material recycling and energy recovery in 2019, according to the latest report by the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association.
The recovery rate remains on a par with previous years' figures, which fluctuated between 92 percent and 95 percent, ETRMA said on May 11.
Data from 32 European countries (EU27, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and U.K.) shows that the arising of ELTs in the region fell 3 percent year-on-year to 3.45 million tons in 2019.
About 1.88 million metric tons of ELTs were treated through material recovery, while 1.37 million tons were used for energy recovery.
In the material recovery segment, some 1.34 million tons were granulated, 458,000 tons were incorporated in cement through co-processing and 82,300 tons were used in civil engineering applications.
In addition, the industry saw some other minor applications in processes such as pyrolysis, steel mills and foundries.
Some 170,000 tons of ELT were unaccounted for, half the amount registered in 2018, ETRMA noted.