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.
Compliance Scheme for Tyres
In January 2015 the Minister announced his intention to introduce a full Compliance Scheme for Tyres and Waste Tyres. The new scheme, which is operated by Repak ELT, is underpinned by amended regulations with a registration and reporting role for the Producer Register Limited. The new structures are funded by a visible Environmental Management Cost (vEMC) and came into effect on 1st October 2017. All tyre producers and retailers are statutorily obliged to be members of the scheme.
In establishing the scheme, it was agreed that a review of the data flow and scheme operation would be undertaken at 6 and 12 months after its introduction. The scheme was kept under close review for the initial six months and three amendments were carried out to the Regulations.
The Department engaged an independent body, RPS Group, to carry out a review of year one of the operation of the scheme. The completed review is now available below.
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.