Tyres: Waste Disposal

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor compliance with U2 environmental exemption licences to ensure that used tyres intended construction are not exported abroad for waste.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Waste activities are regulated and require permits to operate which the Environment Agency issues and enforces. Some waste activities that are low risk do not require permits and are regulated by the Environment Agency under waste exemptions, which an operator registers for free online. A U2 exemption allows an operator to use a small number of end-of-life tyre bales in construction projects without the need for a permit and is not related to exports.

The Environment Agency takes a risk based approach to enforcement and will investigate a site where it receives intelligence that indicates illegal activity. It has no evidence to suggest tyre bales stored on a U2 registered site ready for use in a construction project are being diverted for export.

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