The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) supports the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Tire Industry Project (TIP) and its new roadmap for the tire sector, Sustainability Driven: Accelerating Impact with the Tire Sector SDG Roadmap.
Following the United Nations Agenda 2030, the global tire industry continues to seize opportunities for innovation and action to address supply chain enhancements, operational improvements and product impact.
TIP's Roadmap for the tire sector will align not just tire makers, but the automotive industry at large so all can act collectively to identify opportunities and create solutions to address the most pressing challenges across the industry value chain and its stakeholders.
The USTMA and its member companies share the roadmap's goals for safety and environmental stewardship, including mitigating climate change, increasing workplace safety, addressing tire and road wear particles, and promoting sustainable end-use markets for scrap tires.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.