Farmers send 4,253 tyres for recycling
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.