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S5W-18686: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 10 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds on the number of used vehicle tyres exported in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 20 September 2018

The majority of waste tyre exports are carried out under ‘green list’ controls which do not require application to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) but do require paperwork to be sent in which provides details on the waste type, quantity, date of shipment, recipient country and facility etc. The data below is therefore based on what has been submitted to SEPA.

Approximate tonnages exported for the last 5 years from Scotland are as follows;

2014 - 1,696 Tonnes (212,000 car tyres)

2015 - 1,460 Tonnes (182,500 car tyres)

2016 - 2,236 Tonnes (279,500 car tyres)

2017 - 702 Tonnes (87,750 car tyres)

2018 - 780 Tonnes (97,500 car tyres)

The majority of the tyres captured in the data above have been sent to India. When SEPA becomes aware of shipment of tyres to countries such as India, the exporter is required to furnish SEPA with the details of the recipient recovery facility, including permit which allows for the acceptance of tyres and of the contracts which need to be in place as required by the Waste Shipment Regulations. Where possible SEPA will also try and make contact with the Environment Agencies of the recipient countries to ask them to verify the suitability of the receiving facilities.