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What is REPAK ELT?

REPAK ELT is a not for profit organisation, licensed by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG), to operate as an approved body in accordance with the waste management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) regulations 2007.   While Repak ELT is a separate legal entity to Repak Ltd, the compliance scheme for packaging waste, Repak ELT will draw on the considerable experience and lessons learned by Repak Ltd throughout its successful eighteen years of operation.  REPAK ELT’s compliance scheme will establish a Producer Responsibility Compliance scheme in two phases.  Phase 1 is the operation of a compliance scheme which has similar registration and reporting to the TRACS scheme.  Phase two will establish the PRI for tyres.

On-Line reporting

Information on online reporting can be found here.

What is not for profit?

Repak ELT will mirror the model used in Repak Ltd, where the organisation is run by the members for the members. Not for profit means that any surplus funds generated by REPAK ELT will be used to further the aims of the organisation.  REPAK ELT has been established as a not for profit organisation and as such does not generate profits for its owners.

 

What is the REPAK ELT compliance scheme?

REPAK ELT’s waste compliance scheme will establish a Producer Responsibility Compliance scheme in two phases.  Phase 1 will operate a compliance scheme model similar to TRACS.  Phase two will establish the PRI for tyres. Phase 1 of the scheme will record all tyres coming onto the market from it’s members and monitor them through the industry while promoting the environmentally sound management of all waste generated.   By joining REPAK ELT you will fulfill your obligations for waste tyre management.

What are the objectives of the scheme?

REPAK ELT will provide the tyre industry with compliance and promote the proper handling of the waste it generates.  Phase 1 is designed to transition the industry to a PRI, which will provide a closed loop system of tracking tyres through the industry and ensure they are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

Who should join REPAK ELT compliance scheme?

Any operator in the tyre industry interested in being compliant with the waste regulations for your sector.   All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant, operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self compliance option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.

Do all operators in the tyre industry have to join?

REPAK ELT phase 1 is a voluntary compliance scheme.  You may fulfill your ELT management obligations by reporting to your local authority.  For phase 2 of the scheme it will be mandatory for all operators to join REPAK ELT as reporting to your Local Autority will be phased out in 2016.

I was a member of TRACS - do I have to join the REPAK ELT scheme in 2015?

TRACS license expires on 31st of October and from this date REPAK ELT will be the only Tyre waste compliance scheme operating in Ireland. All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant, operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self compliance option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.

I am not a member of a compliance scheme - do I have to join REPAK ELT ?

REPAK ELT will be the only Tyre waste compliance scheme operating in Ireland.  All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant, operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self compliance option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.

What are the current waste tyre regulations?

The REPAK ELT compliance scheme identifies a clear audit trail for tyre collection and recycling. It is an initiative that imposes additional responsibilities on stakeholders and requires their co-operation in ensuring the success of the scheme. The Regulations impose obligations on persons who supply tyres to the Irish market, whether as manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, traders, or retailers and on the collectors of waste tyres.  These obligations include the submission of information as prescribed in the Regulations and in the format provided for in the Guidance concerning S.I. No. 664 of 2007 by the 10th day of each quarterly period.  They will also be required to prepare and present waste management plans and reports when submitting applications for registration and submit a report to the EPA by the 28th February of each year.  These regulations support the environmentally sound management of waste tyres by providing a regulatory framework for comparing quantities of waste tyres arising with the quantities placed on the market and in tracking the movement of waste tyres from the time they are discarded until they are either reused or processed for recycling and /or recovery.  View waste regulations here .

What is the fee to join?

Joining for the remainder of 2015 is free.  From January 2016 the fees are as follows:

  • Annual membership €70 (€50 for additional outlets)
  • Imported tyres – 10 cent per tyre

What are the benefits of the scheme for my business?

Joining REPAK ELT waste compliance scheme ensures your business is fully compliant with the current waste tyre regulations.  Members are exempt from having to produce and submit all additional environmental plans and reports as set out in the regulations.  As a member you will get up to date notices of how best to prepare your business for the incoming full PRI in phase two.

What are the benefits of the scheme for the tyre industry in Ireland?

REPAK ELT enables the tyre industry in Ireland to take full responsibility for the products it makes and sells on the Irish market.  REPAK ELT will establish distinct global data for the industry and facilitate targets for the environmental management of end of life tyres.  Reaching environmental targets will be a positive indication to the consumer, government and environmental agencies both at home and in the EU, that the Irish Tyre industry are operating with the Environment as a core priority.

How do I become a member?

To register either fill in the registration form directly online or down load the form and send completed form to REPAK by post.  Full details of your reporting obligations are outlined on the registration page and can be discussed with a member of the Repak ELT team should you require any further clarification.

What will I get as a member?

As an active member of the REPAK ELT scheme who is fully paid up and reporting your data every quarter, your legal requirement under the waste tyre regulations will be complete.  As a member you will be issued with a Certificate to highlight to your customers that you are taking your obligations for proper waste handling seriously.  Your business will be added to the published list of members which will be circulated to your local authority on a monthly basis.

what information do I have to report?

During the phase 1 – transition period, your reporting obligations are unchanged.  Members of REPAK ELT will be kept informed of scheduled changes to the waste regulations and be fully prepared for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2 of the operation of the scheme.  Members requiring assitance with their reporting can contact the scheme by phone or email and receive hands on help to ensure your business is fully compliant.

What happens to businesses that don’t sign up to the scheme

A list of all members will be circulated on a monthly basis to the relevant Local Authorities.  They will use the REPAK ELT members list to cross reference with their own data base of tyre operators in their area, to identify non – compliant traders.

What is a Producer Responsibility Initiative (PRI) ?

Producer Repsonsibility Initiatives have been managing waste in Ireland in other sectors,(eg White Goods) for over a decade.  Producer Responsibility ensures that those who bring a a product to market take responsibility for it once it has reached the end of its life.  In simple terms whoever brings the product to market pays a disposal fee to the PRI scheme.  This charge is passed through the sales chain at each step.  At the end of the chain the retailer pays the charge when they buy a tyre and recoups this in full, when they are legally obliged to charge the consumer the visible Environmental Management Charge.  The retailer then has their waste collected for free, using collectors contracted to the scheme, to ensure full traceability and accountability of the waste.  A PRI will ensure that end of life tyres are managed in an environmentally sound manner.  A PRI does not cost tyre operators anything, all the costs are passed through the chain and recouped once the prodcut is sold to the consumer.

Are there other countries running Tyre PRI's?

There are 18 countries in Europe operating PRI schemes for end of life tyres.  Their success underpins the benefits a PRI brings to the tyre industry, with more robust results than the purely market driven approach.

What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay you annual registration fee by credit card or bank transfer. Importers paying a per tyre fee will pay by Direct Debit.

When will the new REPAK ELT come into operation?

REPAK ELT has operated since 1st November 2015.

Why is there going to be a PRI for tyres?

The Minister has reviewed the industry feedback both through the Tyres Working Group and the PRI report and has highlighted his intention to establish a PRI for tyres.  He has said that it is ‘ Simply not good enough for an industry to ignore the need to deal with their own waste’

The PRI review identified the fact that the volume of waste is being generated annually by the Irish Tyre industry, is unknown. In order to have an effective end of life tyre management system, with environmentally sound handling of waste, there must be accountability and traceability through the distribution chain.
There are tyre PRI operating in 20 countries in Europe. PRI systems have proven to work in Europe and domestically in Ireland for other waste streams.

How will the new REPAK ELT scheme build the foundation for the PRI?

The New REPAK ELT scheme will build the framework for reliable and transparent traceability throughout the industry.  Phase 1 will transition the industry, allowing operators to fully prepare for the introduction of the PRI.  This transition period will ensure that phase two’s introduction of a PRI will be launched using an established system of tracing tyres through the sales chain, which will enhance the environmental outcomes from the regulation of the collection and recovery of end of life tyres.

How do I ensure my business is compliant with the current waste regulations?

All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The option of using your Local Authroity as a means of compliance will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.  During the transition period of phase 1, your reporting obligations are unchanged.  Members of REPAK ELT will be kept informed of schedulled changes to the waste regulations and be fully prepared for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  To register simple fill in the membership registration form and submit online or by post.

I don’t have a computer in my business. Do I have to register and report online?

For the remainder of the current compliance year, (2015) registrations can be made by posting in your completed application form.  From 2016 all registrations and reports will be made online.

Retailer

As a retailer what are my legal obligations for waste tyres?

As a retailer operating in the tyre industry you obligated to be compliant with the regulations for your waste tyres.  In order to be compliant operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self comply option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.  During the transition period of phase 1, your reporting obligations are unchanged.  Members of REPAK ELT will be kept informed of schedulled changes to the waste regulations and be fully prepared for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  To register simple fill in the membership registration form and submit online or by post.

I currently charge my customers a disposal fee. Will this change?

During the transition period of phase 1 you may continue to charge a disposal fee at your disgression.  During phase 2 the establishment of a PRI will bring a legal requirement to charge a specific visible Environmental Management Charge to your customers.  This must be clearly identified on your receipts.  As a retailer you will have already paid this fee on purchase of your tyres and you will charge your customer this fee to recoup what you have paid.  You waste will then be collected free of charge by a collector contracted with the scheme.  This will give you the reassurance that your waste is being handled in an environmentally sound manner.

I currently don't charge my customers a disposal fee. Will this change?

During the transition period of phase 1 you may continue not to show a visible disposal fee on your receipts.  During phase 2 the establishment of a PRI will bring a legal requirement to charge a specific visible Environmental Management Charge to your customers.  This must be clearly identified on your receipts.  As a retailer you will have already paid this fee on purchase of your tyres and you will charge your customer this fee to recoup what you have paid.  You waste will then be collected free of charge by a collector contracted with the scheme.  This will give you the reassurance that your waste is being handled in an environmentally sound manner.

Can I continue to use my current waste collector?

Provided your waste collector has all the relevant up to date permits to collect tyres handle End of Life Tyres, you are open to continue to use them to take away your waste.   Collectors and recyclers who are members of the REPAK ELT scheme are indicating that they are taking an active role to support the industry and the environmental handling of your waste.

I import tyres for sale in my own outlet, do I have to pay a fee on these tyres?

When you are the first operator to put tyres onto the market you are liable for the per tyre disposal fee of 10 cent per tyre.  Except in the cases where the manufacturer has elected to pay the fee before the tyres are placed onto the Irish market, in the interest of traceability and as a service to their customers.

I import tyres for resale to other retailers, do I have to pay a fee on these tyres?

When you are the first operator to put tyres onto the market you are liable for the per tyre disposal fee of 10 cent per tyre.  Except in the cases where the manufacturer has elected to pay the fee before the tyres are placed onto the Irish market, in the interest of traceability and as a service to their customers.

Will there be a published list of businesses who are members of the scheme?

A published list of all members will be on the REPAKELT.ie website.  A list of all members will also be circulated to each Local Authority and the recently established Regional waste task forces.

Wholesaler

As an importer what are my legal obligations for waste tyres?

All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self comply option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.  During the transition period of phase 1, your reporting obligations are unchanged.  Members of REPAK ELT will be kept informed of schedulled changes to the waste regulations and be fully prepared for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  To register simple fill in the membership registration form and submit online or by post.

Collector

Do I need to join the REPAK ELT compliance scheme?

All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self comply option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.  During the transition period of phase 1, your reporting obligations are unchanged.  Members of REPAK ELT will be kept informed of scheduled changes to the waste regulations and be fully prepared for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  To register simple fill in the membership registration form and submit online or by post.

How do I prepare my business for the PRI?

REPAK ELT will meet with all ELT collectors once the transition period of phase one has commenced.  Collector members will be given advise on an ongoing basis to allow them to fully prepare for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  Input from your sector will be instrumental in shaping the structure of the scheme in relation to ELT collection

Recycler

Do I need to join the REPAK ELT compliance scheme?

All operators in the tyre industry are obligated to be compliant with the regulations for their waste tyres.  In order to be compliant operators must sign up and report to REPAK ELT or self comply.  The self comply option will be phased out in 2016, leaving membership of REPAK ELT as the sole means to ensure your business is compliant.  During the transition period of phase 1, your reporting obligations are unchanged.  Members of REPAK ELT will be kept informed of schedulled changes to the waste regulations and be fully prepared for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  To register simple fill in the membership registration form and submit online or by post.

How do I prepare my business for the PRI?

REPAK ELT will meet with all ELT recyclers once the transition period of phase one has commenced.  Collectors will be given advise during this meeting and on an ongoing basis to allow them to fully prepare for the introduction of a PRI in phase 2.  Input from your sector will be instrumental in shaping the structure of the scheme in relation to ELT recycling.

Equipment supplier

I don’t sell tyres - will I benefit from joining the scheme?

As an Equipment supplier joining the scheme will indicate your support to the industry and enable you to keep up to date with all improvements to the industry through the operation of REPAK ELT.  You have no reporting obligation to the complaince scheme.