In its latest newsletter, Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) published an extract from a communication from Sir James Bevan, the Environment Agency Chief Executive:

"We support the withdrawal of the T8 exemption and as reasonably early as possible. We are presently working towards this end with Defra with legislation on the statute book for England and Wales likely from Spring 2022. Now and leading up to the proposed withdrawal of the T8, we are targeting T8 registered sites to ensure compliance with the limits and conditions of that exemption. The outcome of these and other checks feed back into our compliance and enforcement priorities, and we share our intelligence with our law enforcement agency partners. Tyres have been prioritised as a waste stream of concern and we are managing our resources accordingly.”

As a reminder, in October 2020, UK’s Tyre Recovery Association reported that a Freedom of Information request (*FOI request submitted by ‘Tyre & Rubber Recycling’ magazine) has starkly exposed levels of non-compliance by many operators claiming ‘T8 exemptions’ for their businesses.

To read more about the topic, please proceed to our previous article.