Introduction on Waste Tyres

As part of a major Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government published a report on Tyres and Waste Tyres in November 2013.

The report found:
· A non-compliance rate with the Tyre Regulations of 46%,
· A lack of consistent and accurate data on tyres, and
· The system was not tracking data flows well.

Following the publication of this report, the Minister decided to establish a Tyres Working Group consisting of industry stakeholders to assist in designing the new structures to give effect to the recommendations contained in the Report.

In January 2015 the Minister announced his intention to introduce a full Compliance Scheme for Tyres and Waste Tyres. The new scheme, which will be operated by Repak ELT, will be underpinned by amended regulations with a registration and reporting role for the Producer Register Limited.


Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 664 of 2007)

These regulations support the environmentally sound management of waste tyres by providing a regulatory framework for comparing quantities of waste tyres arising with the quantities placed on the market and in tracking the movement of waste tyres from the time they are discarded until they are either reused or processed for recycling and /or recovery.

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. For more information see the Guidance document below. Operators can comply with their obligations under the current regulations by either registering with Repak ELT or registering with the Local Authorities.
· Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 (pdf, 204kb) (link is external)
· Guidance on Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 (pdf, 2,609kb)

The Department is currently in the process of drafting new Regulations, It is anticipated that the new regulations will take effect in the first half of 2017.