Producer responsibility for tires
Guidance on producer responsibility for tyres. Information about who are producers and how producers fulfil their producer responsibilities.
The ordinance on producer responsibility applies, with a few exceptions, to all professional producers, importers and sellers of tyres.
Producer responsibility for tyres is regulated by the ordinance (1994:1236) on producer responsibility for tyres. A producer under the ordinance (2007:185) on producer responsibility for cars is not considered to be a producer under the ordinance on producer responsibility for tyres.
Responsibility of the tyre producer
A producer is to accept end-of-life tyres and assume responsibility for:
- ensuring that the tyres are reused, recycled or disposed of in some other environmentally acceptable manner;
- providing information about the return of end-of-life tyres and facilitating their return by those who have such tyres;
- informing the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the results of reuse, recycling and other conditions regarding the final disposal of tyres.
To fulfil their producer responsibility, tyre manufacturers have joined a common collection system for tyres. Producer responsibility covers only tyres sold separately, and for these tyres a recycling fee is paid to the collection system.
This information is submitted through the tyre manufacturers’ common collection system, for which Svensk Däckåtervinning AB is responsible. The company, in turn, reports information to the Swedish EPA.
The regulatory authority can use the ordinance (1994:1236) on producer responsibility for tyres to support a possible injunction. The injunction may be accompanied by penalties. The injunction is not punishable under the penal code. The Environmental Supervision Ordinance (2011:13) has provisions for supervision.
Responsibility for tyres on scrapped cars
When a car is scrapped, its tyres are not covered by producer responsibility for tyres. Instead, producer responsibility for cars applies.
The car manufacturer is responsible for the entire car, including the car’s tyres, when it is placed on the market. During the life of the car, the tyres are usually replaced several times with new tyres. New tyres installed on the car have been sold separately so they fall under producer responsibility for tyres.
Since it is impossible to know exactly which tyres are the responsibility of the car manufacturer and which are the responsibility of the tyre manufacturer, it is customary to offset the tyres attached to the car when it came on the market against those on the car when it is scrapped.
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