How the Tyre Compliance scheme helps to protect the environment
The Repak ELT tyre compliance scheme is being established to track tyres coming onto the market in Ireland and generate an accurate figure of the tyres that will be coming off as waste. Repak ELT scheme tyres will be monitored and managed in an environmentally sound manner. Industry operators – through membership of the scheme – take responsibility for the waste arising from the sale of tyres and vehicles at each stage of distribution.
All tyre operators must join the scheme to be compliant. A visible Environmental Management Cost (vEMC) will cover the environmental disposal of members waste tyres.
Repak ELT Registered Collectors will collect tyre waste from Repak ELT member outlets and will only be paid once they have submitted documentation proving that the tyres they collected were managed in an environmentally sound manner.
Producer responsibility initiatives in other waste streams have transformed waste with a negative value to one of positive value as a resource for recycled material and innovative green products. Tyres are currently a resource in that they can be recycled, recovered and processed.
Repak ELT’s tyre compliance scheme will work to bring improved environmental outcomes for end of life tyres. In time with the advancement of technologies, our goal is to see tyre waste moving to having a positive value.
Why should you use a compliant tyre retailer?
All tyre operators, including tyre retailers are obliged under the tyre regulations to join Repak ELT.
They must display their membership Certificate prominently in their outlet to show they are compliant.
Members of Repak ELT are compliant with the regulations and take responsibility for the waste arising from the sale of tyres.
Their tyre waste is collected by a Repak ELT Registered Collector and managed in an environmentally sound manner.
Play your part in protecting the environment. Only use a compliant Repak ELT tyre retailer.
Look out for the Repak ELT membership Certificate the next time you are getting your tyres changed.
Plans for emerging technologies
The introduction of the tyre compliance scheme has stimulated an increase in indigenous investment in the circular economy in relation to the management of end of life tyres. Several such projects are currently at an advanced stage of development and once complete will bring new technologies and improved outcomes for waste tyres in Ireland.
These waste facilities will allow your tyre waste to be taken out of the waste stream at the point where it arises. This is in keeping with the proximity principle of dealing with your waste domestically, keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum and benefitting the environment at the processing phase exponentially.
Tyre recycling is already established here and when these emerging technologies come on stream, it will be possible for all waste tyres generated to be dealt with on the island of Ireland in the coming years.
Tyre recycling in Ireland is already established and there are a number of facilities granulating end of life tyres for use in sports pitches and as a raw material for innovative products for sports, industrial and gardening products.