Waste Tyres

The Waste Management (Tyres & Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 are designed to promote the environmentally sound management of waste tyres. The Regulations impose obligations on persons who supply tyres to the Irish market, whether as manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, suppliers, traders, or retailers and on the collectors of waste tyres.

An exemption from these obligations is available to persons who participate in either of the following;

  1. Repak ELT – collective compliance scheme
  2. Self comply through registration with Laois County Council Tel: (057)-8664000

Registration must be carried out annually for both of these options.

Note: Failure to comply with the requirements of the Waste Management (Tyres & Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007 shall result in Laois County Council issuing legal action.


Information for Farmers

Farmers must only use Authorised Waste Collectors to move waste tyres on or off their farms. If farmers hold more than 8 tyres per square metre area of their silage pits, then they need to hold a waste facility permit. Waste Facility Permits are issued by the Local Authority, see information here.

Information for Garages

Garage owners who supply working tyres to the public or other garages must register with either Repak ELT or with their local authority. Garage owners are obliged to only use Authorised Waste Collectors to remove their waste tyres.

Waste Tyre Collectors

Anyone who wishes to collect used tyres must hold a valid Waste Collection Permit which then qualifies them as Authorised Waste Collectors. All Authorised Waste Collectors who collect waste tyres, must either register with Repak ELT or with their local authority. The sites used by waste tyre collectors to store waste tyres must have a Waste Facility Permit or Waste Licence.

Companies who can legally collect waste tyres in County Laois include:

  • Crossmore Transport Ltd., Carrigdownane Upper, Rockmills, Kildorrery, Co Cork. Phone (022)-25363; NWCPO-11-01309-02
  • K Mooney Ltd. t/a WTCS, Earlsgarden, Attanagh, Durrow, Co Laois. Phone (057)-8736658; WCP-KK-10-555-01
  • Crumb Rubber Ireland Ltd., Moorestown, Dromiskin, Dundalk, Co Louth. Phone (042)- 9382611; NWCPO-DC-08-01136-02

Please note: if you hold a valid Waste Collection Permit for the collection of Waste Tyres in Laois, please contact the Environment Section on (057)-8674322 to update your details.


Use of Unauthorised Collectors

Individuals/companies found passing their waste on to unauthorised collectors face prosecution under Section 32 of the Waste Management Act 1996 – 2006, and could be fined up to €3,000 and/or receive a 6 month imprisonment sentence on summary conviction. Clean up costs may also be charged where disposal of such wastes results in environmental pollution.

How to find out if your collector is authorised to collect tyres:

An individual or business will apply to the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) for a Waste Collection Permit. The permit must be carried on the collection vehicles at all times.

  • Request to view the permit before you give them your waste
  • Check to see that they are authorised to collect waste in your county
  • Check that the type of waste from your site is listed in the appendix
  • Request proof of registration with Repak ELT or contact your Local Authority


Further Information

Laois County Council Environment (Enforcement Section) Tel: (057)-8674322


Search for a permit on the NWCPO website: http://www.nwcpo.ie/permitsearch.aspx


Repak ELT Tel: (01)-4618 600                       Website: www.repakelt.ie


Download Self-Compliance Registration Forms

– Manufacturer/Producer/Importer registration-form-producers-r3

– Retailer  registration-form-tyre-suppliers-r3

– Waste Collector registration-form-awc

– Farmer registration-form-farmer


Note: This page is a guide only. It does not purport to provide, and should not be relied upon as, a legal interpretation of the Regulations. Laois County Council advises you to read the Regulations in full.