A streamlined life-cycle assessment and decision tool for used tyres recycling

Robin Curry, Jane Powell, Nicola Gribble, Steve Waite

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    In order to achieve progress towards sustainable resource management, it is essential to evaluate options for the reuse and recycling of secondary raw materials, in order to provide a robust evidence base for decision makers. This paper presents the research undertaken in the development of a web-based decision-support tool (the used tyres resource efficiency tool) to compare three processing routes for used tyres compared to their existing primary alternatives. Primary data on the energy and material flows for the three routes, and their alternatives were collected and analysed. The methodology used was a streamlined life-cycle assessment (sLCA) approach. Processes included were: car tyre baling against aggregate gabions; car tyre retreading against new car tyres; and car tyre shred used in landfill engineering against primary aggregates. The outputs of the assessment, and web-based tool, were estimates of raw materials used, carbon dioxide emissions and costs. The paper discusses the benefits of carrying out a streamlined LCA and using the outputs of this analysis to develop a decision-support tool. The strengths and weakness of this approach are discussed and future research priorities identified which could facilitate the use of life cycle approaches by designers and practitioners.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227–237
    Number of pages11
    JournalProceedings of the ICE - Waste and Resource Management
    Volume164
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2011

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    • Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Waste and Resource Management

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    Curry, Robin ; Powell, Jane ; Gribble, Nicola ; Waite, Steve. / A streamlined life-cycle assessment and decision tool for used tyres recycling. In: Proceedings of the ICE - Waste and Resource Management. 2011 ; Vol. 164, No. 4. pp. 227–237.
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    In: Proceedings of the ICE - Waste and Resource Management, Vol. 164, No. 4, 01.11.2011, p. 227–237.

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