Title: Moving towards sustainable end-of-life tyre management from the cost and environmental perspectives: a case study of Thailand

Authors: Aweewan Mangmeechai

Addresses: International College of the National Institute of Development Administration, International College, 118 Moo3, Sereethai Road, Klong-Chan, Bangkapi, Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract: This study aims to describe the current problems of the end-of-life tyre system, and propose possible end-of-life tyre management program for Thailand based on cost and environmental perspectives. This study can showcase the process for countries where end-of-life tyre management has not yet been implemented or countries that are facing problems with their end-of-life tyre management systems. Research findings indicate that, without an end-of-life tyre program through which customers would be charged a treatment fee, it is not feasible for tyre collectors to collect the used tyres that are discarded more than 150 km from a recycling plant. To increase the end-of-life tyre treatment percentage, a treatment fee must be collected, and the free market system should be used. Subsidy settings, estimated at approximately 20 baht/new tyre or $0.6/new tyre for the collection, processing and use of scrap tyres, should be configured to ameliorate the overall process.

Keywords: end-of-life tyre management; life-cycle costs of end-of-life tyre; used tyre management policy; used tyre recycling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2017.083744

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2017 Vol.17 No.1, pp.77 - 93

Available online: 13 Apr 2017 *

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