The question of what should happen to a tire after it has reached the end of its useful life on a vehicle is increasingly being asked by our customers, government representatives, regulators and the environmental community. In response, in July 2008, some World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) members formed a working group to investigate the state of end-of-life tire (ELT) management in different parts of the world, and to better understand different stakeholders’ roles in the management process.
This manual aims to provide the industry with valuable information based on some of its experience in ELT management from around the world. It is hoped that it will support local management who are considering or responding to the establishment of an ELT management system in their country, or in places where existing systems are being modified. It should be viewed as a working document, to be further developed as more lessons are learned from ELT management. Anyone implementing an ELT management system must do so clearly understanding the local market, legislative framework, culture, etc. This document is not intended to provide specific country detail. The TIP welcomes additional input to the document from others working on this issue (please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).