Using resources wisely

Natural resources are often scarce and therefore particularly valuable. The production and use of recycled material from End-of-Life-Tyres (ELT) bears witness to responsible behaviour.

Recyclates - of high quality

The production and use of recyclates is sustainable if, compared to the extraction of the raw material and its use, less CO2 is emitted and no health risks arise for humans. This is the case, for example, with recycled products made of ELT. There are more and more products, and the quality of the secondary raw material is so high that it can be used optimally by industry as a substitute for natural resources.

NEW LIFE promotes the use of recycled materials and works towards ensuring that consumers recognise the advantages of recycled products and then demand such products.

Applies to the environment

Producing secondary raw material from scrap tyres instead of burning them has several advantages for the environment:

  • Less acid rain - the sulphur content of used tyres stays bound in the secondary raw material
  • CO2 saving: 1-2t less CO2 per ton of old tyres
  • Less mining of iron ore through repeated use of the steel from scrap tyres
  • Less clearing of rainforests, as rubber plantations do not have to be cultivated for the production of recycled products
  • Sensible use of a product for new products

Recycling economy using the example of tyres

In Germany alone, around 584,000 tons of used tyres are generated every year. Tyres are an innovative product with valuable ingredients, but have a comparatively short service life due to tyre wear and the associated reduction in tread depth. Depending on the mileage, this is usually between one and six years. After the tyre, which consists mainly of high-quality rubber, has been used, it can be disposed of – but this is not in line with the principle of perfect recycling management, the aim of which is to use and process raw materials in a resource-saving manner.

Accordingly, used tyres are shredded and broken down into their individual components in order to make very high-quality products from them, which can often be used much longer than a tyre. Just think of fall protection surfaces on playgrounds or artificial turf pitches for professional football. This means that the original product is returned to the material cycle and, even in this application, has excellent properties that are superior to other products.

Politicians in Germany and the EU are clearly in favour of an optimal recycling economy in order to act and consume in an ecologically and economically sensible and responsible manner.