Although the tire industry has been expressing its concerns, fresh tire recycling regulations are going to be presented in Ireland by the governments in October.

On September 18, a bill introducing new regulatory structures for the tire division, was signed by the Minister for communications, climate action and environment, Denis Naughten. The bill will come into force in October.

According to Naughten, the document will stem the accumulations of “illegally dumped” waste tires, which take landfill space in the countryside, causing possibility of toxic fires, which may take a toll on human health.

Repak ELT will operate a whole compliance system, which will be presented by the tire segment. Producer Register Ltd (PRL) will take responsibility for reporting and registration functions of the scheme.

This initiative is going to be based on a model of ‘producer responsibility’ that Ireland has already set when dealing with waste materials such as packaging, electronic elements and batteries.

An environmental management cost (vEMC) is estimated at €2.80 per car tire and €1.50 for each motorcycle tire, and the vEMC will cover expenses for the scheme. Additional costs will be afterwards set for mining, truck and agricultural tires.

According to Naughten, formalization and standardization of the present fee that the buyers pay now when getting new tires will be reached with the adoption of vEMC. This will also guarantee that disposal of waste tires is carried out on a legal basis.

The minister said that the scheme would ensure that tire operators share information on the quantity of tires that the market receives and sells due to an absence of data linked to the tire market in Ireland. This step will ensure transparency and visibility of waste tire flow for the first time in the country’s history.

He also said that a domestic waste enforcement committee identifies tires as a main concern. He explained that waste enforcement system can obtain access to €9 million. The minister said that he will be negotiating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local officials to launch an evident enforcement campaign on tires, as the rules are now in place.

The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) stressed that some anxieties linked to the new tire recycling plan have also been expressed outside Ireland. For instance, Peter Taylor OBE, TRA secretary general, claimed that the planned fee exceeds the rates recorded by the UK market, especially the ones set in Northern Ireland.

Taylor informed that market distortions and common malpractices will happen as a result of open borders between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as recovery costs tremendously differ in these two states.

Article source: REPAK ELT