Tired of Tyres
Posted 08 June, 2012
I read with both concern and understanding of the frustration expressed by Bill Machin, LL 699, regarding the recycling or disposal routes for tired tyres.
Itís not always a simple process and so it is really important people understand the situation.
Tyres are not legally classed as domestic waste and therefore the Council does not make provision for tyre disposal at any of our Household Waste Recycling Centres as these site are not licensed by the Environment Agency to handle this material.
Businesses have a duty of care to dispose of any waste they generate appropriately and legally and this applies to tyres as to any other waste generated by that business.
The recycling of tyres is a specialist process and the best advice is that people should let garages dispose of them directly when replacement tyres are put on.
There may be a charge as disposal is expensive as the material is banned from being land filled and processing tyres is not cheap.
If a person is looking to dispose of waste like tyres they should enquire with a company as to how they will dispose of the material.
If people are paying for waste collection and disposal they should expect to receive a waste transfer note that states who is handling the waste and where it will be disposed at. This is a legal document and should be kept for two years.
It will also help people to evidence how they disposed of their waste should they ever need to.
Finally despite Mr Machinís unfortunate experience I would refer people to Veoliaís web site (see below) and their A Ė Z of waste disposal. Itís updated about once a year usually around July.
If tyres are encountered as fly tipping etc then they need reporting through to Streetforce who will arrange their removal
Councillor Trevor Bagshaw,
Councillor for West Ecclesfield.