Disposal of used tyres discussed with Minister of Environment
Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed a meeting between Environment Minister Mark H Durkan and Council officials to discuss the issue of the disposal of used tyres.
Mr McMullan said,
“The safe disposal of tyres is a major concern with many unscrupulous dealers allowing tyres to be burnt rather than safely dispose of them. This is causing untold damage to the environment and the meeting was designed to address this.
“I welcome the fact that amongst the items discussed was a 'prosperity agreement' with Lafarge Cement, Cookstown who have agreed to take up to 500K tyres per year to act as fuel when their plant has been adapted.
“I also welcome that the Environment Agency is considering the introduction of a producer responsibility scheme and working with Councils to help identify and create a baseline database on sites of bonfires, presence of tyres and estimated numbers of tyres.
“At present the Environment Agency have no powers to remove tyres from bonfires but can serve notice on the landowner who has the ultimate responsibility and I would like to see this changed and more powers to deal with illegal disposal of tyres.
“I will be meeting again with the Minister in the coming weeks in order to advance the strategy of dealing with used tyres.”