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Tired of tyres

Thursday, 10th August, 2017 11:00am

€1 million has been allocated to local authorities to remove stockpiles of waste tyres blighting the Irish countryside.

The decision to tackle illegal dumping of waste tyres was announced on Tuesday by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten.

“I am targeting this funding at tyres to clean up our countryside now and to ensure that the detrimental environmental and human health effects of these dumps are dealt with as soon as possible,” Minister Naughten said. 

He said a new compliance scheme, run by Repak ELT, has been introduced to ensure that as many old tyres as possible are taken out of the system before the scheme commences on 1 October.

“The new scheme will reassure consumers that their old tyres will be disposed of responsibly by the retailer when they buy new tyres,” Minister Naughten said.

Latest estimates from local authorities indicate there are more than 750,000 tyres randomly dumped in sites around the country.

Membership in the new scheme is mandatory for any operator placing tyres on the Irish market and all operators will be required to provide data on the amount of tyres coming on and off the market.

The scheme is available for Cork if local authorities have a stockpile they want to dispose of. Contact the Southern Region Waste Management office at 061-556596 or info@srwmo.ie for more information.

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