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EEC to encourage tyre recycling

20th August 1983, Page 15
20th August 1983
Page 15
Page 15, 20th August 1983 — EEC to encourage tyre recycling
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THE EEC is to make a fresh effort to encourage recycling of waste tyres after three years during which industry has shown no interest in taking up Common Market grants for research in this field.

In addition, the EEC Commission in Brussels is to resume its work on new Common Market rules on the collection, treatment and retreading of tyres — a project which has been frozen for some time because of staffing shortages.

These announcements came from EEC Commissioner Karl-Heinz Narjes in reply to a question from an MEP seeking to learn what had happened to various proposals on waste tyres originally announced in 1980.

Commissioner Narjes said the Community's offer of grants on recycling tyres "did not produce a single attractive proposal for research and development — and the coordination of national research and development projects hardly aroused any interest in the member states.

"So, the appropriations originally provided for the recycling of used tyres were transferred to other research subjects," he added.

However, the grants would be re-offered in a new research programme due to start in 1984.

As for EEC rules on retreads, he explained that work on framing this legislation had been postponed because other tasks had been given priority in the dangerous waste sector — and because the staffing level of the department responsible for waste management was "inadequate". However, the work would now be resumed.

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