While waste tyres are not classified as hazardous, they can cause environmental pollution if disposed of incorrectly or irresponsibly.
An estimated 35,000 tonnes of waste tyres are generated in Ireland each year.
The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017 came in to effect on 1st October 2017.
The regulations were introduced to promote the environmentally sound management of waste tyres.
They provide a regulatory framework for comparing quantities of waste tyres arising, with the quantities placed on the market and in tracking the movement of waste tyres from the time they are discarded until they are either reused or processed for recycling and/or recovery.
The new regulations for the tyre sector introduced a full compliance scheme operated by Repak ELT, with a registration and reporting role for the Producer Register Limited (PRL).
In accordance with the Regulations, a person who supplies tyres (or waste tyres) for the purpose of trade or otherwise in the course of business to other persons, whether as manufacturer, wholesaler, supplier, trader, or retailer are legally obliged to join the collective compliance scheme operated by the approved body, Repak ELT.
The scheme is based on the Producer Responsibility Model that has worked successfully in this country for other waste streams, such as packaging, batteries and waste electrical and electronic goods (WEEE).
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