Sowerby Bridge, UK - Rubber recycling companies should be recognised for their contribution to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, creating jobs and boosting exports, the head of Rosehill Polymers has said.
Michael Hopkinson, chairman of the Yorkshire-based rubber recycler and polyurethane maker, said the UK's huge amount of waste rubber was a growing problem which needed to be addressed urgently at government level.
"Quite simply, I'd like to know why more is not being done to encourage the efforts of companies like ours. A fraction of the resources devoted to high-profile, consumer orientated schemes would be very welcome. While they capture the headlines for a day or two, many such schemes make little impact compared with what could achieved through an industry-wide initiative," Hopkinson said.
Rosehill produces moisture-curing methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) -based polyurethane binders, adhesives and thermoplastic vulcanised granules.
The company said it converts about 3600 tonnes of recycled rubber a year into products for the rail industry using its Flexilon polyurethane binder formulation.
Hopkinson believes that rubber recycling will grow rapidly as pressure continued to rise on the production of oil-based products.
"Our company was ahead of its time in recognising the potential in this area. I would now like our government to wake up to the opportunities it offers on both environmental and business grounds and to help make sure the UK grabs its share of the market."