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 high rate of non-compliance with the Tyre Regulations
- 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. The new structures will be funded by a visible Environmental Management Cost (vEMC) and will come into effect on 1st October 2017.
These Regulations replace the Waste
Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 and impose obligations on persons who supply tyres to the Irish market, whether as retailers, importers or manufacturers and on persons who manage waste tyres. These Regulations are designed to maximise the reuse, recycling and recovery of waste tyres.