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Minister Naughten brings transparency to tyre industry

waste tyres imageMinister Signs Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017

Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has signed the new Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017 which will introduce new regulatory structures for the tyre sector with effect from 1st October 2017.

These regulations build on the allocation of €1million to clean up stockpiles of waste tyres, which are illegally dumped around the countryside, potentially causing toxic fire threats and damage to human health.

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Tyre retailers & Waste Tyre disposal

Tyre waste that you collect from your customers is your responsibility. You must ensure that you only use licensed collectors to remove your waste. Your responsibility does not end there. Tyre retailers are responsible for the waste tyres there business generates, until they are taken out of the waste stream. Your duty of care for your businesses waste is from cradle to grave.   This means that you must be sure that the waste collector you use is recycling your waste tyres, or taking them to a tyre recycler who will remove the tyres from the waste stream.


Producer Responsibility Initiatives (PRIs)

In 2012 a review, commissioned by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG), of Producer Responsibility Initiatives (PRIs) uncovered major deficiencies in the tyre and waste tyre sectors, including that around half of the tyre operators were noncompliant. The Department then established a Tyre Working Group, which involved industry representatives, to assess the findings of that review.

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Benefits of a Tyre Collection and Disposal System

Waste tyres can be put to many beneficial uses when they reach end of life. Crumb obtained from recycled tyres has many uses, such as in playgrounds, as equine bedding or on football pitches. Furthermore the steel recovered from recycled tyres is a valuable resource. Tyres can also be retreaded – a retreaded truck tyre requires only 33% of the oil utilised in manufacturing a new one, a saving of up to 56 litres each time a truck tyre is retreaded. By implementing a well organized and traceable system for the collection and disposal of tyres, then this valuable resource is put to best use. It also prevents the environmental pollution associated with the incorrect disposal of waste tyres.