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Irish tire industry expressed its anxiety as for the effectiveness of the new tire recycling plan, which follows new legal principles as outlined by the Waste Management (Tires and Waste Tires) Regulations 2017. These anxieties have not been overlooked by the plan, which makes businesses “frustrated and angry”, said President of Irish Tire Industry Association (ITIA), Paddy Murphy. He addressed this announcement to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate and Environment and urged it to repeal the new laws, or to endorse regulations that will look at three crucial issues that are of concern to the tire industry.

According to ITIA, the existing scheme puts businesses based at the Republic of Ireland at a serious competitive disadvantage – the new regulations do not cover Northern Ireland, thus it will affect the feasibility of retail businesses in the south.

Senator Michael McDowell backed up this anxiety and expressed his opinion. As proposed by him, similar plan should come into effect when they get agreement from both North and South. He demanded a transparent account showing who was in charge of economic research for the plan and what actions were taken so an agreed outcome could have been reached. McDowell highlighted that if such a complex tire recycling plan is applied now, it will, inevitably, result in trade shifting to the north of the border.

Neither Senator, nor committee members received any response. A number of small businesses will find the new legal obligations burdensome and they will demand a lot of their time, as it requires investment in IT and streamlining business processes.

The aim that the plan has been seeking, is to solve the issues of illegal tire disposal. Nevertheless, this objective can’t be achieved if enforcement of fines for non-compliance fees is not used, given that the non-compliance is the main cause of the issue. To effectively introduce regulation and use fixed penalty notices when businesses do not comply, local government should be resourced.

Murphy also said that ITIA wants tire recycling plan to be “fit for purpose” – sustainable, sound and inclusive of the industry’s voice, and the association is aware of its moral and legal duty to recycle tires in an environmentally suitable way. He added that ITIA forwarded questions to the Environmental Committee, however, no answers seem to be coming soon.

Article source: Tyre Press