If you sell or otherwise in the course of business supply tyres or waste tyres to other persons within the County the law requires that you must be registered.

Circol ELT operate Ireland’s tyre compliance scheme, under approval from the Department of Environment, Climate Action and Communications. Circol ELT operate under government approval as set out in the Waste Management (Tyres and Waste tyres) Regulations 2017. 

These Regulations set out the legal obligations for entities who have tyres as part of their business. Some provisions of the Regulations include;

  1. The option to self-comply by registering with a Local Authority has been removed for all tyre economic operators – i.e. producers, retailers, waste collectors and tyre recovery operators.
  2. Farmers who wish to obtain tyres for the purposes of anchoring silage pits must now register Repak rather than the Local Authority- they cannot receive tyres from any person other than a waste collector who is registered with the approved body
  3. A visible Environmental Management Cost (vEMC) will apply to all tyres placed on the market in order to fund the environmentally sound management of waste tyres- payable by the producer and retailer from 1st October 2017.
  4. A vEMC of €2.80 and €1.50 ex VAT will apply respectively to all car and motor cycle tyres placed on the market from 1 October 2017. A charge of €6.70 and €11.00 (ex VAT) will apply respectively to light and heavy truck tyres from 1 January 2018.
  5.  Retailers are prohibited from supplying waste tyres to anyone other than an authorised waste collector who is registered with Circol ELT.

Circol ELT is engaging in industry consultation with the various stakeholders involved in vehicle and tyre sales for the Truck & Bus, Agricultural, Construction and Industrial sectors.

Anyone with queries about tyre compliance and their business’ waste obligations can contact Circol ELT on info@circolelt.ie or call 01 4618 600.

Please visit www.circolelt.ie for more information on the tyre compliance scheme. 

Recent Announcement (2024)

Agricultural tyres are set to be included in the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme from next year (2025), the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) has confirmed. 

The scheme, currently covering passenger cars, 4x4s, vans and motorcycles, finds sustainable solutions for managing waste tyres. From January 1, 2025, it will include all categories of bus, truck, agricultural, construction and industrial waste tyres. 


The department said the expansion of the scheme will enable the environmentally sound management of all tyre categories. The Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017 place certain obligations on those who supply tyres to the Irish market. DECC said that tyres which are improperly managed and disposed of pose risks to public health and the environment. The department added that effective management of tyre waste helps to conserve natural resources; reduce pollution; cut down on energy consumption and slow down global warming.


Ireland introduced an EPR scheme for tyres around six years ago, operated by Circol ELT (formerly Repak ELT). All tyre producers and retailers are legally obliged to be members of the scheme, which is based on the ‘producer pays’ principle. The compliance scheme is funded by an Environmental Management Cost (EMC) paid by the producers to Circol ELT, who organise the collection and treatment of end-of-life tyres. An EMC will be introduced for all tyre categories which will regulate the recycling of all tyre categories to ensure they are all accounted for and managed sustainably through recycling. Along with managing and promoting the scheme, the EMC covers fees and costs associated with collection, transport, recycling, retail handling of the tyres.

Source: Agricultural tyres to be included in environmental scheme (agriland.ie)