The Minister of Climate action to start a Tyre Disposal Scheme

Dec 02 2019 / By Shreyas Tanna

The rubber tires thrown into sites very slowly decompose. These are a fire hazard and can release chemicals. The objective now is to produce a new synthetic tire which, but is biodegradable, and is as strong as rubber.

A first-year study of the Tyre Recycling Scheme, containing an excess tire, found that 97 percent of pneumatic tires have been replenished in the past year. This was an important finding from Richard Bruton, Minister of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, published today, Friday 22 November.

Minister Bruton said pneumatics are not biodegradable and can become a danger of fire if they are not properly disposed of. This program was developed in 2017 to combat illegal disposal of tires, to collect accurate data on waste tires, and to promote good practice in the management of tires reaching their lifetimes. This program was developed in 2017.

The focus of the first year of the scheme was passenger car and motorcycle pneumatics. The report today shows that 97% of the approximately 3,8 million tires placed on the market last year was a success. The scheme was successful.

The Minister characterized the first-year results as' very positive,' noting that 31,000 t of waste pneumatics were recovered and properly disposed of. He added that they now have detailed information about the pneumatic sector of Ireland.

Minister Bruton discussed the next goal of the scheme and said they will now consider the recommendations from the study and determine how best the machine can be used for other pneumatic types, such as lorries and tractor pneumatics.

For a variety of applications, recycled waste tires, including playground buildings, foothills, horse parks, garden borders, and weed depressants, can be used. The report, containing 15 recommendations, is now being circulated to the stakeholders for consideration according to the Department of Media and Climate Action and the Environment.

New tire systems and surplus tires were launched in Ireland on 1 October 2017 to tackle the chronic problem of surplus tires. The EPA's responsibility is to enforce the tire legislation, which applies to the duties and forces of the licensing body and the responsibilities of tire manufacturers.