Tuesday 21 November 2017

Motorists to pay €3.44 fee to dispose of waste tyres

From October 1, motorists will pay €3.44 to ensure that each car tyre being replaced is properly disposed of. Stock Image: GETTY
From October 1, motorists will pay €3.44 to ensure that each car tyre being replaced is properly disposed of. Stock Image: GETTY
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Motorists will pay €2.80 plus VAT to dispose of their tyres under new regulations coming into force in less than two weeks.

From October 1, motorists will pay €3.44 to ensure that each car tyre being replaced is properly disposed of, while motorcyclists will be hit with a charge of €1.50 plus VAT of 23pc - or €1.84.

The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017 are designed to prevent the illegal dumping of tyres by unscrupulous operators. The move comes due to concerns from Environment Minister Denis Naughten that tyres are being illegally dumped, increasing the risk of toxic fires and damage to human health.

The measure is opposed by the tyre industry. The minister said fees are already being charged by operators but there is no transparency around safe disposal and how the money is spent.

"Setting this visible environmental management cost in regulation will formalise and standardise this existing charge that the consumer already pays," he said.

Irish Independent

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