We need more than four globes to meet Sweden's current resource consumption.
The solution to this unsustainable equation is to extend the life of already extracted materials. Car tyres for example. A tyre for passenger cars will roll about 4.5 years before it gets worn out. In order not to extract more resources than the globe is capable of, the tyres need to continue to benefit society for a further 15 years. The technology already exists, as well as new applications and demand. But is there understanding and will?
Change of cooperation and means of action
The greatest effect is achieved through change of cooperation and means of action. Recycled tyre materials can bring even more benefits to society than it does today. But in order to succeed with system-level sustainability, we need to focus on resource and life-cycle perspectives. It is time to stop considering recycled high-tech materials as waste and instead look at the material's usefulness. To achieve this, it is necessary to introduce a new framework for information, means of action, valuation and prioritisation. The focus must be where the cooperation and efforts make the most of the benefit..
A Non-profit organisation
Svensk Däckåtervinning is a non-profit organisation, under the manufacturer responsibility for tyres. In other words, there is no special interest in one or other use of the endured tyre material. On the other hand, we have high ambitions that tyre recycling will be an example - internationally and for other industries - in the transition to a circular economy with resource-efficient and non-toxic cycles. Therefore, we encourage and follow all the research that exists in our area worldwide.
We want a circular dialogue
We have begun this important circular work, calling on politicians, authorities, municipalities and the media to join us. After all, we only have one common goal and that is to ensure that we do not consume more resources than our planet can handle. We also want to have an in-depth dialogue with other industries. How do you work with resource management and reduced appetite on the planet? Let us exchange experiences and together create a collective plan and a common direction towards the sustainable society.
Svensk Däckåtervinning AB (SDAB), is the tyre industry's response to the Regulation on Producer Responsibility for Tyres (1994:1236) and is charged with organising the collection and recycling of all used tyres.
Since the start of operations in January 1995, between 90 and 100% of all used tyres have been collected every year. The collection and recycling rate in the most recent years has exceeded 100%. Consumers fulfil their environmental responsibility by paying a recycling charge when buying new tyres.
The Regulation on Producer Responsibility states that anyone selling tyres on the market must take responsibility for dealing with them when they are used. Similar systems have since been introduced for cars, electrical and electronic products, magazines, wallpaper, cardboard, metals, plastics and glass. The respective industries have formed companies to coordinate responsibility for collection of recyclable materials. The supervising authority is the Environmental Protection Agency and local authority environmental services.