Details of waste tyre bring centres for farmers confirmed

The Irish Farm Film Producers Group (IFFPG) has confirmed the dates and locations for the farm tyre collection bring centres.

The announcement comes after a total of almost €700,000 in funding was secured to mobilise a number of tyre recycling centres across the country.

It is understood that the first 3t of tyres brought by each farmer will be subsidised. A farmer will reportedly be charged €15/t to avail of the recycling service.

An IFFPG spokesperson previously explained to AgriLand that 1t equates to approximately 120 car tyres.

The four collection points are as follows:
  • Cootehill Mart, Co. Cavan – Saturday, September 29;
  • New Ross Mart, Co. Wexford – Tuesday, October 9;
  • Athenry Mart, Co. Galway – Saturday October 13;
  • Gortdrum Mines, Monard, Co. Tipperary – Saturday, October 20.

Those interested in availing of the service will be required to have a valid herd number, the IFFPG added.

It is understood that the focus of the centres will be directed at the recycling of old tyres from farmyards. The funding was recently granted by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten.

Under the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017, farmers are not allowed to stockpile tyres on farms.

Where farmers use tyres to cover silage, they are prohibited from having more than eight tyres per square metre of any silage pit’s floor area.

In addition, since October 1, 2017, any farmer who wishes to take in waste tyres for the purposes of anchoring silage must register with the new tyre compliance Scheme, Repak ELT.

Commenting on the matter, Minister Naughten said: “I made €1 million available in funding last year for local authorities to deal with the clean-up of existing stockpiles of tyres across the country.

“I did this to support the introduction of a new compliance scheme for tyres and waste tyres from October 1, 2017.

“At that time I also indicated that I would look at the issue of tyres on farms. I am now following through on that commitment with the allocation of €700,000 to remove stockpiles on farms,” he said.