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New tyre compliance scheme in Ireland

A new waste tyre compliance scheme has been set up in the Irish Republic to replace the existing Tracs arrangement.

Repak, a not-for-profit packaging recycling scheme, has established Repak ELT to operate the new version, following approval from environment minister Alan Kelly. 

Repak ELT will start the waste compliance scheme in two phases. The first, which kicked in on 1 November, offers members of the tyre industry free registration for 2015. The second phase is the roll-out during the second half of 2016.

According to estimates from local authorities, between 10 million and 15 million tyres are in illegal dumps around Ireland. The latest scheme should assist councils in tackling illegal dumping by tracking tyres from when they enter the market to the time they leave it.

Repak chief executive Seamus Clancy said: “Repak ELT will manage the scheme based on best practice and modelled on established, successful schemes already operating in 20 countries across Europe.

“Enforcement is a key pillar of this ELT scheme. We intend to work closely therefore with the Department of Environment, as well as Revenue, the Environmental Protection Agency and the new three regional lead enforcement authorities.”

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