Tough new licensing rules, which will help the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to crack down on illegitimate waste tyre operators, come into effect today. All operators who store or process waste tyres will now be required to hold a licence following the introduction of the Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016.
Operators had previously been permitted to process 10 tonnes of tyres per week and store up to 1,000 waste tyres on a secure site for a period of 12 months providing that they registered an exemption with SEPA, and the storage was with a view to recovery or reuse, but this will no longer be allowed.
SEPA is now writing to operators who had held exemptions to inform them that, so long as they are compliant with their current exemption, they have until 30 September 2016 to either apply for a Waste Management Licence or to cease operations and remove all tyres to a suitably licensed and compliant facility.
If operators continue to keep or treat waste tyres without the appropriate licence after this date they could face a maximum penalty of £40,000 and/or 6 month imprisonment.
SEPA’s Executive Director, Calum MacDonald, said: „Illegitimate waste tyre operators undercut compliant companies by flouting the regulations, and putting the environment and communities at risk. The new strengthened regulations will be a key asset in helping us to combat illegal waste tyre sites, and hold those responsible to account. We can now better regulate the quantities of tyres stored, and ensure that individuals are competent to operate waste tyre storage and treatment sites.“
Source: Scottish Environment Protection Agency