Disposal of end-of-life tires in India is becoming manufacturers’ responsibility

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India’s government prepares a new set of guidelines to manage end-of-life tires (ELT). According to the new legislation, the bulk of responsibility for ELT disposal is passed to tire companies and dealerships. Draft guidelines of the Waste Tires Management Rules 2017 stipulate that tire companies will be obliged to prepare and execute an ‘integrated waste tire management plan’ which will comprise “operational mechanisms for collection and disposal of waste tires equivalent to its annual production and/or import quantity”. That is, tire manufacturers must adopt their own waste management plans and follow them within a given period of time.

On the other hand, tire dealers will accept ELTs from customers who bought new tires and then they will bear responsibility of disposing of them. The draft says that by leaving ELTs at a tire shop or dealer, a customer should receive redemption or rebate for new tires. It also stipulates an option to exchange ELTs, given their good condition, for new tires. However, the tire retailer can only accept as many waste tires as new ones bought by the customer and will be responsible for sending the waste tires collected from customers to the ‘Authorized Waste Tires Collection and Storage Centres’ in such a way that at any time it shall not stock more than “250 items or 5 tons of ELTs, whatever is more”. Customers can also give the waste tires directly to the ‘Authorized Waste Tires Collection and Storage Centres’ under these rules but in this case no compensation is offered.

Some sources in India claim that the legislation hadn’t found support among tire manufacturers due to the chapter stipulating that the tire manufacturers “shall not be allowed to produce, import, distribute and/or sell new tires, unless it complies with the relevant provisions of these rules”. Automotive Tire Manufacturers Association (ATMA) spokesperson comments: “ATMA members are still considering the draft rules, hence they are not able to give explicit comments on them at the moment”.

The draft also claims that the tire manufacturers will have to provide an assessment of the qualities and types of tires which are produced or imported and which will eventually become waste tires. They will need to:

  • indicate how ELTs will be managed in its ‘Integrated Waste Tire Management Plan’;
  • provide options for the recycling or reuse of waste tires or recovery of the energy from waste tires;
  • identify the mechanism to ensure that the waste tires will be delivered to the identified treatment option or the disposal facilities as per the approved ‘Integrated Waste Tire Management Plan’;
  • indicate how the implementation of the ‘Integrated Waste Tire Management Plan’ will be financed;
  • provide mechanism of registering waste tire transporters and the responsibilities / obligations of waste tire transporters;
  • provide mechanism to ensure recording of safe disposal of waste tires;
  • indicate the extent of auditing and reporting on the ‘Integrated Waste Tire Management Plan’;
  • indicate the measures to be put in place to address the stockpiles of waste tires and indicate the percentage of the stockpile that the producer will take responsibility for.

According to the new rules, companies which fail to comply with the new legislation will be fined for up to INR 100,000. Moreover, if the contravention continues, it may lead to the fines of up to INR 5000 per day and imprisonment of up to one year.

Article source: Times of India

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