Ecopneus scpa is the non-profit company for the tracking, collection, processing and final destination of end-of-life tyres (ELTs) created by the major tyre manufacturers operating in Italy (Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear-Dunlop, Marangoni, Michelin and Pirelli). In the course of time many other companies have joined Ecopneus. Under Art. 228 of Legislative Decree 152/2006, tyre manufacturers and importers are indeed obliged to ensure the management of a quantity of ELTs equal in weight to that which is placed on the replacement market in the preceding calendar year, based on the Producer’s extended responsibility – an organizational model adopted by the majority of the European Countries.
As provided for by Ministerial Decree 82/2011, which implements Art. 228, in addition to providing for all the operations necessary to ensure the correct recovery of all the ELTs under their responsibility, on behalf of its business partners, Ecopneus is also entrusted with the duty of reporting to the Authorities. This task is carried out by Ecopneus with an appropriate IT system, in order to certify the quantitative flows of ELTs from the source to collection and use, as well as to provide for the economic reporting and the reporting of the quantities placed on the market annually. If the targets are not met, manufacturers and importers will be subjected to a system of sanctions.
Together with the management activities of collection, transportation, treatment and recovery of a yearly average of 250,000 tonnes of ELTs (about 70% of the national amount), Ecopneus is also strongly committed to promote the applications for recycled rubber, as well as initiatives of information and awareness raising for the creation of a “recycling culture”.