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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 29 March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Questions (205)

Jackie Cahill


205. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if the farm tyre waste recycling scheme will be reintroduced in order to allow farmers the opportunity to recycle their tyres at a subsidised rate as it was in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15962/22]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for tyres was introduced in 2017 and is operated by Repak ELT. Under the scheme, any tyres which have incurred the ‘Visible Environmental Charge’ are collected free of charge by Repak ELT through registered waste collectors. It is intended that the scheme will ultimately include freight and agri tyres.

In 2018, my department provided €700,000 towards the removal of farm stockpiled tyres which predated the introduction of the EPR scheme. This fund was fully expended, assisting farmers across the State. There are no immediate plans for a further scheme. It is important to ensure that any such supports do not undermine the successful operation of the national compliance scheme.

Question No. 206 answered with Question No. 203.
Question No. 207 answered with Question No. 203.