There are estimated to be 1.8 million used tyres generated in Northern Ireland every year, the same number as there are people here.
Commenting on his department’s specific role Minister Durkan said: “For our part in DOE, I have instructed my officials to maximise the full range and use of our powers to ensure that waste tyres are legally disposed of and to help District Councils reduce progressively the number of waste tyres burnt on bonfires. We will prosecute people who illegally stockpile and irresponsibly dispose of used tyres. Under my Tyre Action Plan I have staff auditing the disposal of waste tyres. Already my officials and local Council officers have jointly visited 15 businesses throughout the North to inspect for compliance with Waste regulations. We are actively now investigating two of these sites
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