Farmers will not be charged a recycling fee on new tractor tyres when new regulations on disposal of waste tyres are introduced. This was stated by Minister Denis Naughten in a letter to IFA environment chair Thomas Cooney.

“I looked further into your concerns in relation to a visible Environmental Management Charge (vEMC) being introduced for agricultural tyres. I am not satisfied that sufficient data is available at this point to enable me to set a vEMC for agricultural tyres,” he wrote. “Therefore, I have decided to set the vEMS for agricultural tyres at zero in the new regulations.”