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MLAs urge move on dumped tyres three years after report

By Noel McAdam

The Assembly has called for action to tackle toxic tyres dumped illegally and burnt on bonfires across Northern Ireland - three years after a Stormont report urged the same.

MLAs yesterday backed a proposal for better tracking of the tyres - as recommended in a probe by their own scrutiny committee in May 2013. The then environment committee said it was "particularly concerned" about the lack of traceability of tyres coming into the province and called for a more robust system.

Yesterday a similar demand was made of Environment Minister Michelle McIlveen, whose department now includes agriculture and rural affairs.

Parties supported a motion urging a used-tyre register be set up to help combat the annual problem which results in toxic fumes. The report three years ago urged co-operation between all those involved "to ensure that all tyres in Northern Ireland are disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner".

Ms McIlveen said the Environment Agency had carried out more than 90 inspections this year, with 21 enforcement notices relating to waste offences imposed.

But her preference was for a UK "producer responsibility scheme" while her department is examining ways to reuse waste tyres as an alternative fuel.

The total number of bonfires containing tyres had reduced, the minister added.

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