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Tyres & Waste Tyres Regulations

Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017

Minister Denis Naughten has introduced new tyre regulations, which came into effect on October 1st, 2017. The regulations were introduced to promote the environmentally sound management of waste tyres (or End of Life Tyres). Under these new regulations, Repak ELT (a not for profit organisation) has been appointed as the approved body to run the compliance scheme. 

In accordance with the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017, a person for the purpose of trade or otherwise in the course of business who supplies tyres (or waste tyres) to other persons, whether as manufacturer, wholesaler, supplier, trader, or retailer are legally obliged to join Repak ELT

Minister Naughten has said that the new scheme will ‘reassure consumers that their old tyres will be disposed of responsibly by the retailer when they buy new tyres.  There is a lack of information in relation to the tyre market in Ireland. These regulations will place a reporting obligation on tyre operators to provide data on the numbers of tyres coming on and off the market. This will be the first time that there will be clarity”.

Repak ELT’s mission is to provide legal compliance for its members under the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017. For more details please see


Farmers who store waste tyres for the purposes of anchoring silage covers are also subject to obligations under the regulations. However, an exemption applies to farmers who accept waste tyres from authorised waste collectors who are registered with Repak ELT.