A meeting was held in Dublin in the last few weeks to discuss a report that has been commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG) that will directly affect your business. Ulster Tyres wants to make you aware of what is happening.
The report carried out by RPS was a review of the current arrangements for TRACS and TWRA and also the recycling models used in the Ireland. In short how we in the business record our flows of waste (tyres in & out) and how we physically remove the waste from our business. This report recommends “that the scope of the current PRI should be changed to improve the environmentally sound management of waste tyres. It is recommended that the DECLG changes the 2007 Tyres and Waste Tyre Regulations to make producers and importers responsible for the financing the collection of waste tyres from tyre suppliers” (Page56)
Ulster Tyres are an importer as are every other wholesaler operating in ROI. The “manufacturers” Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone etc… will also be treated in the same way as importers. We ALL will be liable for the cost of recording and recycling at the point of entry. If the PRI is levied at say €4.00 per tyre. It more than likely will be passed on to the retailers. The report also say suggests “If similar developments in Northern Ireland are too slow, the DECLG should progress with the establishment of PRI responsible for the collection and treatment of waste tyres in any case.” (Page54)
You would think that’s great! You can buy all your tyres cheaper in the north but that’s not the case. You the retailer then becomes the importer and your still liable for the levy. There are no winners in this scheme. RPS have indicated in discussions with relevant parties representing the bulk of the tyre industry that they intend on foot of the report to introduce a full Produce Responsibility Obligation (PRO). They have invited interested parties from the industry to form a working group. The closing date for submissions was 31st Jan. 2014. ITIA & ITWRA are putting candidates forward. Its impossible to predict which way this will go. Perhaps we stand a better chance if we all sound the same? We all looked the same? These negotiations will affect us all whether we wish them to or not. Ignoring it wont help. Can you be sure that those who are in the know will represent your interests best?
2014 should be the time when collectively as an industry we took change of what direction we want to go in. Profit is hard to come by. We believe at Ulster Tyres that we if all took responsibility for being the best we can be, tyres that are legal and without fault, clean & tidy workshops & signed up to a scheme, we might stand a chance of looking half respectable. If nothing else, we will be taken seriously.
The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) Annual General Meeting takes place at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on Saturday, March 8th at 4.00pm
The Independent Tyre Wholesalers & Retailers Association (ITWRA) will hold its AGM on Friday, April 25th at 4.00pm. at the Horse and Jockey Hotel., Thurles, Co. Tipperary. All members are welcome to attend.