By facilitating the transport of materials, goods vehicle and passenger car tyres provide an important service to society. Nevertheless, tyres can cause environmental pressure in many ways, in different stages of the life cycle of tyres, including production, consumption, and solid waste management (SWM). The production stage is important because the tyre industry is the world’s largest consumer of natural and synthetic rubber. The consumption stage is important because the maintenance of tyres has a significant impact on the environmental performance of tyres (Nicoletti and Notarnicola 1999). Due to the increased number of vehicles, the ‘mountain’ of used tyres has grown dramatically during recent decades. Every year, approximately 800 million scrap tyres are discarded around the globe. This amount is expected to increase by approximately 2 percent each year (UNCTAD 1996; EEA 1995).
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