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Tyre recycling

Waste tyre collectors

Anyone who wishes to collect tyres must hold a valid waste collection permit so they are authorised waste collectors. All authorised waste collectors must either register with TRACS, WTM or with their local authority. The sites waste tyre collectors use to store waste tyres must hold a waste facility permit or licence. Please contact the regional waste management office in Limerick County Council for more information.

Please find a list of companies who can legally collect waste tyres in the Limerick / Clare / Kerry region.

  • Crossmore Transport: (022) 25363
  • Crumb Rubber: (042) 9382611
  • Dalys Tyres: (069) 64952
  • Erin Recyclers: (071) 9153360
  • Munster Tyre Recycling: (087) 9821810

Failure to register with either TRACS or a local authority is an offence under the regulations and may result in legal proceedings taken against you by the local authority. The due date for first registration was 31st January 2008. Re-registration is due by the end of January of every subsequent year.

The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007

While waste tyres are not classified as hazardous waste, they can cause environmental pollution if disposed of incorrectly or irresponsibly. An estimated 35,000 tonnes of waste tyres are generated in Ireland each year.

Waste tyres can be put to many beneficial uses when they reach their end of life. The rubber from shredded 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.

The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 are designed to promote the environmentally sound management of waste tyres. They provide a regulatory framework for comparing quantities of waste tyres arising against 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. By implementing a well organized and traceable system for the collection and disposal of tyres, this valuable resource is put to best use. It also prevents the likelyhood of environmental pollution associated with the incorrect disposal of waste tyres.

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Regulation and compliance

Since 1 January 2008, under the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007, anyone who supplies tyres commercially to the Irish market, whether as manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, traders or retailers have been obliged to comply with the regulations, and record the movement and environmentally sound management of all tyres generated in Ireland. These Regulations also apply to anyone involved in collection or recovery/recycling of waste tyres, and anyone using waste tyres incidentally in their business activity i.e. farming, marinas.

A copy of the regulations may be accessed at the link below:

Anyone involved in the commercial tyre industry in the Local Authority area of County Clare must do one of the following:

  • Register annually by February 1st with Clare County Council as a self-complier

    or
  • Register annually by February 1st with an Approved Body as outlined under the Regulations - TRACS or Tyre Waste Management Ltd.

Self compliance

Self-compliance with Clare County Council under the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 involves strict and onerous reporting obligations. For information on self-compliance registration, please contact the Waste Enforcement Section of Clare County Council at (065) 6846331.

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Approved bodies

As of December 2009, there are two approved bodies under the regulations:

  1. TRACS (Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme).
  2. Tyre Waste Management Ltd. (TWM)

Their functions are to record the movement and, ultimately, the environmentally sound management of all tyres generated in Ireland, from the manufacturer to the retailer and supplier, and on to the consumer and finally to the collection and recovery/recycling of the waste tyres.

The contact details for the Approved Bodies are:

  • TRACS,                                                            
    Unit 25 Guinness Enterprise Centre,                      
    Taylors Lane,                                                    
    Dublin  8                                                           
    Website: www.tracsireland.ie                                           
    Telephone: (01) 4100601                                   
    Fax: (01) 4100550                              
  • Tyre Waste Management Ltd. (TWM),
    Duane House,
    Islanduane,
    Mungret,
    Co. Limerick.
    Telephone:  (061) 305889 / (086) 1740994
    Fax:  +353 (0)613095

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Farm or incidental use

Provision has been made in the regulations to enable a farmer who requires waste tyres to anchor silage covering to store up to eight waste tyres for every square metre of the floor area of his or her silage pit, without the need to have a waste permit.

An example of the quantities permitted is as follows:

Floor Area Width (Metres) Floor Area Length (Metres) Floor Area Area (Square Metres) No of Tyres Permitted
10 10 100 800
10 15 150 1,200
10 20 200 1,600
12 12 144 1,152
12 17 204 1,632
12 22 264 2,112

Others requiring waste tyres for genuine and incidental reuse, such as marinas, will be able to source waste tyres subject to the approval of local authorities and compliance with the existing regulations governing waste permits. It will be a matter for each local authority to adjudicate each case on its own merits, having regard to best environmental practice. 

Farmers - frequently asked questions

At the moment I exceed the limit of 8 waste tyres per square metre on my silage pit.  Do I have to get rid of the surplus?

You will only need to ensure that you do not exceed 8 waste tyres per square metre of your silage pit once you move waste tyres used for anchoring silage covering on or off your farm from 1 January 2008 onwards. You must, however, ensure that all waste tyres are stored at all times in an manner which would not endanger human health or harm the environment, and in particular would not: 

  • Create a risk to waters, the atmosphere, land, soil, plants or animals
  • Adversely affect the visual impact on the landscape
  • Pose a fire risk by virtue of the manner in which the waste tyres are being stored
  • Be mixed with other waste types (e.g. farm plastics, empty containers) when stored

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Can I get waste tyres to anchor silage covering?

Yes, provided:

  1. You have a valid herd or flock number issued by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  2. You obtain your tyres from a permitted collector who is registered as a self-complier with Clare County Council or with an approved body, or you are registered with Clare County Council or an approved body
  3. You are using your silage pit to store fodder, and do not store more tyres than the permitted amount

How do I get waste tyres?

You can only get waste tyres from an authorized waste collector with a permit to transport waste tyres. You cannot obtain waste tyres from a tyre fitter or retail outlet. If you are offered waste tyres you should check that the person offering them has a valid permit for transporting waste tyres. Waste tyres no longer suitable for use to anchor silage covering can be exchanged with an authorized waste collector on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis.

How do I register to become a member of the approved body?

See contact details above

If the authorized waste collector supplying you with waste tyres is not registered as a Self-complier with Clare County Council, or a member of an approved body then you must, from 1 February 2008, be registered as a Self-complier with Clare County Council or with an approved body.

 Must I be registered straight away? 

 No. You will only need to be registered once you move waste tyres used for anchoring silage covering on or off your farm.

Do I need to register with the Local Authority or an Approved Body when I am obtaining tyres to anchor my silage pit?

You will only need to register if you are obtaining tyres from a permitted collector who is not registered as a self-complier with Clare County Council or with an approved body.

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I do not use waste tyres for anchoring silage.  Can I still store waste tyres?

Yes, provided they are incidental to your business as a farmer and do not exceed the number of tyres on your farm vehicles (e.g. having a tractor and single axle trailer allows you to store 6 waste tyres).

I no longer use waste tyres for anchoring silage. What should I do with them?

You as the holder of the waste tyres are responsible for ensuring that waste tyres are disposed of in a responsible manner. You can only transfer waste tyres to an authorized waste collector with a permit to transport waste tyres. Make sure that the collector who collects or supplies you with waste tyres has a valid waste collection permit. For a list of permitted collectors in Clare contact the Environment Section of Clare County Council on (065) 6846331.

Note: This information does not act as a direct interpretation of the law and for full information the regulations should be consulted. Regulations are available by contacting www.environ.ie

Page last reviewed: 15/05/15

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