IFA President Joe Healy welcomed the positive discussions with the new Minister of State at the Dept. of the Environment Sean Canney regarding the potential to expand the network of bring centres used to sustainably recycle old tyres, which were previously used to anchor silage pit covers.
Joe Healy said: “Minister Canney attended the bring centre in Athenry last month and saw at first hand its success, with 780 farmers bringing over 1,200 tonnes of tyres for recycling in just one day. Many farmers have switched from pit to bale silage in recent years and need a sustainable recycling solution. This has been demonstrated by the huge success of the first four recycling bring centres. I look forward to working with Minister Canney in the coming weeks to further develop this necessary used tyre recycling service”.
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney added: “There is a real demand for the further development of this successful waste tyre collection service, with the equivalent of over 500,000 car tyres being collected and recycled in just four days, in Cootehill, New Ross, Athenry and Monard.
“Farmers have a strong recycling record, for example over 27,000 tonnes of silage wrap are recycled annually. We want to work with Minister Canney to deliver the same success when it comes to the recycling of waste tyres and ensure this waste stream is sustainably managed”.