According to the latest TRA Newsletter there is light at the end of the tunnel. After many years of discussions and expectations, the TRA has published an extract from a communication from Sir James Bevan, the Environment Agency Chief Executive.
TRA Update on T8 Exemptions
“We support the withdrawal of the T8 exemption and as reasonably early as possible. We are presently working towards this end with Defra with legislation on the statute book for England and Wales likely from Spring 2022. Now and leading up to the proposed withdrawal of the T8, we are targeting T8 registered sites to ensure compliance with the limits and conditions of that exemption. The outcome of these and other checks feed back into our compliance and enforcement priorities, and we share our intelligence with our law enforcement agency partners. Tyres have been prioritised as a waste stream of concern and we are managing our resources accordingly.”
Of course, In “Waiting for Godot” the two key characters, Vladimir and Estragon spend hours discussing things in anticipation of the arrival of Godot, who never appears. Surely, the EA is not following Beckett’s script?
It is worth noting that when Tyre and Rubber Recycling made an FOI request of Defra regarding waste tyres – they had no data… Also, what has taken the EA and Defra about five years to get around to, the Scottish government and SEPA did overnight.