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Current Status on Scrap Tyre (Used Tyre) Recycling

1. Volume of scrap tyres generated
The sum of scrap tyres (used tyres) generated at the time of "tyre replacement" and "vehicle scrapping" in 2018 (January to December) was 96 million tyres in quantity, 1,032,000 tons in weight decreased by 1 million tyres from the previous year, decreased by 2,000 tons in weight from the previous year.

(1) At "tyre replacement"
The volume of newly scrapped tyres at "tyre replacement" was 82 million tyres in quantity, and 892,000 tons in weight, both the unit and the weight decreased compared with the previous year.
This is the effect of decrease in the number of sales of commercial tyres overall.

(2) At "vehicle scrapping"
The volume of newly scrapped tyres at "vehicle scrapping" was 14 million tyres in quantity and 140,000 tons in weight, and the quantity was flat compared with the previous year, and the weight increased slightly.

2. Current status of the recycling
The total recycled volume increased by 32,000 tons from the previous year to 997,000 tons in 2018, and the recycling rate was 97%, increased by 4 points.

3. Others
The recycling status provided here is for grasping the status of disposal of scrap tyres generated in Japan, so although it is not included in the tabulation, in recent years, domestic heat users continue to purchase cut / shredded tyres from foreign countries.
The importing volume of 2018 was 90,000 tons increased 2,000 tons from the previous year, which indicates the high demand for scrap tyres as alternative fuels.
However, the price at which domestic heat users purchase cut / shredded tyres as alternative fuels has fallen significantly compared with several years ago due to competition with other waste-derived fuels.

Figure: Recycling of Scrap Tyres in 2018
Figure: Recycling of Scrap Tyres in 2018
Table: Newly Scrapped Tyres
(Tyres: millions; Tons: thousands)
  2016 2017 2018
tyres tons distribution
(%)
tyres tons distribution
(%)
tyres tons distribution
(%)
2018/2017
(%)
tyres tons tyres tons tyres tons tyres tons
At gtyre re-
placementh
81 879 86 88 83 897 86 87 82 892 85 86 99 99
At gvehicle
scrappingh
13 118 14 12 14 137 14 13 14 140 15 14 100 102
Total 94 997 100 100 97 1,034 100 100 96 1,032 100 100 99 100

Source: JATMA

Table: Scrap tyre (Used tyre) Recycling
(Tons: thousands)
  2016 2017 2018
tons distri-
bution
(%)
tons distri-
bution
(%)
tons distri-
bution
(%)
2018/
2017
(%)
Kind
of
re-
cycling
Do-
mes-
tic
Reuse Retreaded
tyre bases
53 5 54 5 51 5 94
Recycled
rubber
104 10 118 11 120 12 102
Other reuse 5 1 6 1 1 1 17
Subtotal (A) 162 16 178 17 172 17 97
Ther-
mal
Recy-
cling
Paper
manu-
facturing
407 41 436 42 446 43 102
Chemical
factories
58 6 47 5 66 6 140
Cement
factories
63 6 70 7 64 6 91
Steel
manu-
facturing
19 2 17 2 14 1 82
Gasification
furnace
51 5 58 6 61 6 105
Tyre manu-
facturing
23 2 21 2 20 2 95
Small boilers 5 1 3 1 3 1 100
Subtotal (B) 626 63 652 63 674 65 103
Abroad Ex-
port
Whole Tyres 108 11 131 13 148 14 113
Raw fuel chips/Cut 7 1 4 1 3 1 75
Subtotal (C) 115 12 135 13 151 15 112
Total recycling (A+B+C) 903 91 965 93 997 97 103
Reclamation 1 1 1 1 1 1 100
Incineration, Storage, etc. 93 9 68 7 34 3 50
Subtotal(D) 94 9 69 7 35 3 51
Total(A+B+C+D) 997 100 1,034 100 1,032 100 100

Source: JATMA

N.B.: There can be some cases that distribution's subtotals and the sums of their constituent items don't match due to the handling of decimals.

Figure: Processing Flow of Scrap Tyre Recycling
Figure: Processing Flow for Scrap Tyre Recycling

*Any tyre sellers such as tyre retailers, tyre shops, auto-supply shops, gas stations, car dealers, car repair shops, and so on.

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