EURIC and ETRMA call for the development of EU-wide End of Waste criteria for the End of Life Tyre-derived Rubber Waste Stream

ETRMA and EuRIC are committed to support the European Commission in developing EU harmonized End of Waste (EoW) criteria.

The rubber supply chain is ready for the next step in the advancement and uptake of the recycling of ELT-derived Rubber.

This will secure that trade across European borders happens normally in equal conditions and with equivalent opportunities across borders, while reducing the administrative burdens associated with trading.

Since many regulations, like Declarations of Performance for construction products, or the REACH restriction of chemical substances only apply once the material has ceased to be waste, EU harmonized EoW criteria will also secure the material’s accountability for safety and quality criteria.

All this is of key importance to increase the uptake of ELT derived rubber in the manufacture of new rubber products for high-value end-use markets.

ETRMA and EURIC believe that securing a common starting point for end-of life tyres rubber to cease to be waste is essential to foster the circular economy in Europe. This can only be achieved with a European End-Of-Waste criteria, that is translated in a legal text, applicable in all Member States. This will add trust to the market, increase investors security and boost the research and development on innovative solutions of this valuable material.

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