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Understanding the vehicle tyre market in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland commissioned Eunomia Research and Consulting to assess the current state of the Scottish vehicle tyre market and propose policy mechanisms which could be used to create a circular economy for tyres in Scotland. 

This project reviewed the Scottish market for vehicle tyres throughout their life cycle, presenting an appraisal of the Scottish market including:

  • Number and type of tyres placed on the Scottish market;
  • Waste arisings, disposal and treatment routes;
  • End-markets and destinations.


The report found that just over 4 million tyres (new, retreaded and part-worn) were placed on the Scottish market in 2018, with a total volume of ~54,300 tonnes of waste tyres arising in 2018. Of these tyres, 48% are co-incinerated in cement kilns, with only 36% being recycled, recovered or sent for re-treading.

This information will provide a basis for understanding the scale of the associated environmental impacts of waste tyres and potential policy interventions to facilitate a circular economy for tyres in Scotland. These findings will be presented in the second stage of the report, which is due to follow.

Download the full report 


The project was delivered by Jamie Fry, Elaine Dale and Emily Rae at Zero Waste Scotland and Radha Daniel, Chris Sherrington and James McMahon at Eunomia, who were commissioned for this work.

More Information

If you would like more information on this area of work please contact Emily Rae, Project Manager, Policy, Research and Evaluation at emily.rae@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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