Waste Tyre Statistics for Ireland

EPA Waste Data Release, 12 January 2017

Latest Reference Year 2014

Of waste tyres managed in 2014, 44% were recycled, 36% used as a fuel, 18% used for engineering/ballast and 3% prepared for reuse/reused.

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Key Trends

Information on waste tyres managed was compiled using survey returns from waste tyre handlers and other waste management organisations, transfrontier shipment of waste records and waste collection records. 

Waste tyres can go through more than one treatment activity. See below for some key statistics on waste tyres managed in Ireland in 2014 (all tonnages are approximate).

  • 27,989 tonnes  of waste tyres were managed in Ireland. This compares to 24,165 tonnes in 2012 (last reference year for which data were reported by the EPA).
  • 35% (9,880 tonnes) were exported and used as fuel, in comparison to 33% (7,942 tonnes) during 2012.
  • 36% (10,000 tonnes) were crumbed to reclaim tyre constituents during 2014; whereas 41% of waste tyres were crumbed during 2012.
  • 14% (3,913 tonnes) were baled for use in engineering or as ballast.
  • 4% (1,092 tonnes) were untreated and used for engineering and ballast.
  • 6% (1,679 tonnes) were shredded and then exported.
  • <1% (100 tonnes) were prepared for reuse in the State.
  • Total combined exports amounted to 12,688 tonnes (45% of total managed in 2014). This compares to 9,757 tonnes (40% of total managed) in 2012.
  • The majority of exports were used as fuel (35%) with the remainder recycled (8%) or prepared for reuse (2%).
  • 3% of tyres managed were exported without any treatment in the State.

A new compliance scheme for tyres and waste tyres, operated by Repak ELT, is in effect since the 1st October 2017 under the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations, 2017 (Statutory Instrument No. 400 of 2017). The Producer Register Limited has a registration and reporting role. The new structures will be funded by a visible Environmental Management Cost (vEMC).

Flow of Waste Tyres Managed in Ireland and Managed Abroad



Open in Excel: Table 1 Waste tyres final treatment activities, 2014 (XLS 12KB)