The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 came into effect on 1st Jan 2008. The regulations were introduced to improve the way waste tyres are dealt with, to increase the amount of waste tyres reused, recovered and recycled and to dispose of waste tyres in a more environmentally sound manner. These Regulations impose obligations on persons who supply tyres to the Irish market, whether as manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, traders, or retailers and on the collectors of waste tyres and reusers. There are currently two compliance schemes in operation in Ireland TRACS (Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme) and TWM (Tyre Waste Management) . These schemes were established by the tyre industry and approved by the Minister of Environment since the introduction of the Regulations, 2007 in order to ensure environmentally sound disposal of waste tyres.
Persons who supply tyres must register every year with the local authority in whose functional area they plan on supplying tyres. Quarterly reports, waste management plans and waste management reports must also be submitted where necessary. The alternative option is membership of TRACS or TWM (contact details below).
Authorised Waste Collector:
Authorised waste collectors must register each premise used for storage of waste tyres with their local authority on or before the 31st January each year. Applications for registration should be accompanied by a fee of €100. Quarterly reports, waste management plans and waste management reports must be submitted where necessary. Alternatively membership can be sought from TRACS or TWM.
Authorised waste collectors may only supply tyres to other (i) registered authorised waste collectors, (ii) recovery operators, (iii) registered farmers or (iv) persons approved by the local authority.
Recovery operators dealing with waste tyres are required to provide a Certificate of Recovery to any person depositing waste tyres at their premises.
Farmers are prohibited from storing waste tyres, other than temporary storage of tyres incidental to the business activities of the farmer concerned (i.e. spare tyres for machinery/trailers etc). Any farmer who uses or intends to store and use waste tyres for the purpose of anchoring silage covering is required to register annually with their local authority or an approved body (TRACS or TWM). Registration forms for SDCC should be accompanied by a fee of €20.
Farmers requiring waste tyres for anchorage of silage pit covers are allowed up to eight tyres per square meter of the floor area of their silage pit.
Members of the Public:
When replacing the tyres on your vehicle the tyre company may dispose of the waste tyres for you. Some companies include the price of disposal in the price of the new tyre. Other companies charge a disposal fee, and if you refuse to pay this you are obliged to take the waste tyre(s) away with you and leave your contact details with the garage. You are subsequently legally responsible for the environmentally sound disposal of the tyre.
Self Compliance application forms can be found be clicking on the link below.
NOTE: This web page is a guide only. It does not purport to provide, and should not be relied upon as, a legal interpretation of the regulations. South Dublin County Council advises you to read the Regulations in full.
The Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2008 can be downloaded from the link below: