Tyres: Waste Disposal

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to work with other EU member states to remove the green-listed status of waste tyres in order to ensure that their disposal is regulated more responsibly.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

It is not necessary to remove the green-listed status of tyres to ensure that their disposal is regulated more responsibly. Tyres are not a hazardous waste and the system of control provided in the waste shipments regulation for green-listed waste should be sufficient. These controls require that the waste may only be exported if it is being sent for recovery rather than for disposal, and that the waste will be managed at its destination in an environmentally sound manner.

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