In an interview with K-MAG, Christina Guth talks about where there is still an urgent need for action in terms of scrap tire recycling – and where positive changes can already be observed.
Ms. Guth, how did the AZuR network come about? Or, to put it another way, what in your opinion made the foundation necessary?
Christina Guth: For about ten years, cement plants have been reducing the share of tires in thermal recycling. However, scrap tire disposers need ways to recycle. But climate change and the Circular Economy efforts also motivate us to keep tires in the utilization cycle longer.
Who is all part of the AZuR network? To what extent does the network benefit from these participants?
Guth: All companies and market players involved in tire recycling. This includes material manufacturers as well as retreaders, recyclers, machine builders and disposal companies. Universities, colleges and associations are particularly helpful. When all these partners exchange ideas, new ideas and new connections are created. And with one voice, we achieve more attention in politics and in public.
What are the current main concerns of the industry?
Guth: First of all, it would be desirable to have even more clarity about exactly where the tires end up after their first use. There is currently not enough transparency here. The first ideas are that only certified disposal companies should be approved that can provide proof of the tires' whereabouts. Once we have achieved this, we will know the disposal routes and can then, in a second step, ensure that all tires in use in Germany (or Europe) are fed into the best possible recycling process in the respective regions.