Farmers in Galway and the West who have any old tyres on their farms they haven’t had the chance to get rid of can bring them to Athenry next month where they’ll be collected.
The Irish Farm Fill Producers Group, a national recycling organisation for agricultural plastics, has agreed to remove farm tyres brought to four collection points over the next month.
For Galway and the West of Ireland, the collection point is at Athenry Mart on Saturday, October 13.
The government is providing €700,000 to subsidise this programme so as to encourage more farmers to come and make use of the cheap recycling cost.
Under current regulations, farmers are not allowed to stockpile tyres on their farms.
Galway East TD Sean Canney said farmers should take this opportunity to get rid of any tyres that have been building up on their property.
“I would encourage all farmers who have stock piles of tyres to bring them to Athenry and they will be disposed of, free of charge to the farmer. The vast majority of tyres collected will be recycled in Ireland which will support Irish jobs.”
The first three tonnes of a farmer brings will only be charged at the subsidised rate of €15 per tonne, anything beyond that will cost the full price of €160 per tonne according to the IFFPG.
One tonne equates to approximately 110 car tyres, 14 lorry tyres, or seven rear tractor tyres.
The other three collection points around Ireland will be at:
- Cavan – Cootehill Mart, Saturday, September 29.
- Wexford – New Ross Mart, Tuesday, October 9.
- Tipperary – Gortdrum Mines, Saturday, October 20.
All collection points will be open from 9am to 5pm, tyres that are very dirty or have rims attached will be rejected.
If there are any funds left over from the government subsidy after these four dates, further collection points may be announced.