Dublin, Ireland - The Irish Environment Ministry has launched a tyre recycling initiative which comes into force on 1 Jan 2008. The producer responsibility scheme will establish an industry based tracking system for waste tyres.
Under the agreement negotiated with the tyre industry, the ITIA has established the Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme (TRACS). A network of producers, retailers and waste tyre collectors operate in the industry and the role of TRACS will be to audit the movement of tyres between the different parties involved. As with other producer responsibility schemes, the participating tyre industry interests will fund the running of the TRACS system.
There are approximately 3 million tyres placed on the market annually and an estimated 35,000 tonnes of waste tyres are generated in Ireland each year. â€œWe know that there are huge volumes of waste tyres out there, but we don't have a great take on just how many there are, and, more importantly, where they all end up. It is time that we had a proper database on this waste stream and I believe the new system that my Department has agreed with the tyre industry will effectively address that deficiency. These new regulations will now provide a proper regulatory framework for comparing quantities of waste tyres arising with the amounts placed on the market and for tracking the movement of waste tyres from the time they are discarded until they are either reused or processed for recycling," said John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
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Press release from Irish government