Farm­ers send 4,253 tyres for re­cy­cling

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS - Stephen Cado­gan

Farm­ers re­cy­cled the equiv­a­lent of half a mil­lion car tyres over the last month, through a €700,000 gov­ern­ment-funded ini­tia­tive.

The ini­tia­tive re­sulted in 2,229 farm­ers de­liv­er­ing 4,253 tyres for re­cy­cling at four one­day col­lec­tion points na­tion­wide.

IFFPG, the na­tional farm p l a s t i c s re c y cl i n g s ch e m e , pro­vided the ser­vice on be­half of the gov­ern­ment. Col­lec­tion points were at Coote­hill, Co Ca­van; New Ross, Co Wex­ford; Athenry, Co Gal­way; and Monard, Co Tip­per­ary. Ac­cord­ing to IFFPG, tyre waste has ac­cu­mu­lated on farms over 25 years, due to farm­ers in­creas­ingly mov­ing away from pit to baled silage, which is more con­ve­nient. The tyres were needed to an­chor plas­tic on pit silage, but are not re­quired for baled silage.

Farm­ers were in­vited to deliver tyres to col­lec­tion points, with a sub­sidy re­duc­ing the col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling charge to €15 per tonne fo r t h e f i r s t t h r e tonnes de­liv­ered, and the €160 per tonne com­mer­cial rate ap­ply­ing there­after.

A tonne of tyres is equiv­a­lent to about 110 car tyres or 14 large truck tyres.

This of­fer al­lowed farm­ers to re­cy­cle up to 330 car tyres for only €45, com­pared to the

Farm­ers de­liv­er­ing tyre waste to the Monard, Co Tip­per­ary col­lec­tion point.

com­mer­cial rate of al­most €500.

Over four days, the equiv­a­lent of 500,000 car tyres were col­lected for re­cy­cling, with the av­er­age farmer bring­ing in around 220 tyres.

The busiest col­lec­tion point was at Athenry, tak­ing 140,000 tyres from nearly 800 farm­ers in 10 hours.

Over half of the tyres col­lected were re­cy­cled at an Ir­ish-owned fa­cil­ity in Drogheda, with the re­main­der sent over­seas for pro­cess­ing. Tyre waste is typ­i­cally re­cy­cled into a crumb ma­te­rial used as a soft un­der­lay at sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced a range of mea­sures over the last 12 months for more en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment of tyre waste.

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