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 recent estimate he has made of the number of UK tyres exported to pyrolysis plants in (a) Africa and (b) India in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

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

Waste tyres can be exported under two procedures.

Under Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on the shipments of waste, most exports of non-hazardous waste destined for recovery in non-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries are subject to ‘green list’ controls unless more stringent controls are required by an importing country. Green list controls do not require approval from the UK regulators prior to shipment. As a result, Defra does not hold data on the number of tyres exported from the UK for recovery in pyrolysis plants in Africa or India.

Data on exports of waste materials is published by HM Revenue and Customs and is available at: www.uktradeinfo.com.

Additionally, the UK regulators collect data on the export of wastes that are subject to the process of prior written notification and consent. Waste tyres will be exported under these controls where they are hazardous or destined for disposal. The Environment Agency has not agreed any notifications to export waste tyres under these controls in the last three years.

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