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Tyre and Waste Tyre Regulations track movement of tyres.

Tyre Regulations track the movement of tyres and aim to increase recycling rates.

Mayo County Council is running a campaign to raise awareness to the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007. The new scheme which involves the establishment of an industry based tracking system for tyres and waste tyres commenced at the beginning of 2008 and is currently being implemented throughout the Country. The scheme aims to track the movement of tyres from when they are put on the Irish Market to when they come to the end of life.

There are approximately 3 million tyres placed on the market annually and an estimated 35,000 tonnes of waste tyres are generated in Ireland each year. Speaking on this new management scheme for tyres, Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer with Mayo County Council says “There are so many tyres placed on the Irish Market each year that a method of tracing the tyres had to be put in place. The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations which came into effect at the beginning of 2008 put in place a very structured and traceable means of tracking tyres. The regulations assist greatly in protecting the environment as by tracking the movement of tyres, it will be possible to increase the recycling rates for this valuable resource and prevent the environmental pollution that occurs when tyres are disposed of incorrectly.”

Under the agreement negotiated with the tyre industry, the ITIA have established the Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme (TRACS).  A network of producers, retailers and waste tyre collectors operate in the industry and the role of TRACS is to audit the movement of tyres between the different parties involved. As with other producer responsibility schemes, the participating tyre industry interests fund the running of the TRACS system.

The 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. An exemption from these obligations is available to persons who participate in a voluntary compliance scheme operated by an approved body – TRACS.

Waste tyres can be put to many beneficial uses when they reach end of life.  Crumb obtained from recycled tyres has many uses, such as in playgrounds, as equine bedding or on football pitches.  Furthermore the steel recovered from recycled tyres is a valuable resource.  Tyres can also be retreaded – a retreaded truck tyre requires only 33% of the oil utilised in manufacturing a new one, a saving of up to 56 litres each time a truck tyre is retreaded.  There are also genuine reuses – such as by farmers to anchor silage cover and at marinas as boat fenders.

There is scope for the beneficial use of waste tyres for applications such as in farming activities.  Therefore the regulations allow farmers, who require waste tyres to anchor silage covering, to store up to eight waste tyres for every square metre of the floor area of their silage pit, without the need to have a waste permit. 

Others requiring waste tyres for genuine reuse, such as marinas, will be able to source waste tyres subject to the approval of local authorities. The tracking system for tyres is one of a number of “Producer Responsibility Schemes” now running in Ireland. Other successful schemes that are in place include those for waste electrical and electronic equipment, farm plastics and end of life vehicles.

Enquiries to Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer,

Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Telephone: 094 9047360.


Posted: 15/07/2008
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