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.
Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has signed the new Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017 which have introduced new regulatory structures for the tyre sector since 1st October 2017.
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). 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, electronic goods (WEEE).
The new structures are funded by a visible Environmental Management Cost (vEMC) of €2.80 per car tyre (+23% VAT) - Total €3.45 and €1.50 per motorcycle tyre (+23% VAT) - Total €1.85.
Further vEMCs will be introduced in due course for truck, construction and agricultural tyres.
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