Independent Assessment of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has recently undergone an independent review of the activities and outcomes of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme (TSS) as per the ACCC Determination guidelines. Marsden Jacob Associates conducted the review, speaking to numerous stakeholders and interested parties during the process. The Board of Tyre Stewardship Australia have taken the opportunity to respond to the recommendations in the report.
“As the Independent Chair of TSA, it was important Marsden Jacob Associates had complete and open access to TSA, its staff, activities, achievements and challenges thus far. I believe the report is a true reflection of where TSA current sits in its evolution. The Board and staff of TSA are looking forward to implementing the recommendations put forward by Marsden Jacob Associates.” David Spear, Chairman, Tyre Stewardship Australia.
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New Marketing and Communication Manager
TSA welcomes Meagan Hill as the new TSA Marketing and Communication Manager. Her appointment is part of the increased focus on extending TSA’s external communication reach and greatly increasing the flow of information to scheme participants.
Meagan comes to TSA with considerable experience in the environmental and waste management space, specifically in tyre recycling. She has worked at both a local government association and a major tyre recycler.
Amongst the communication enhancements to be rolled-out will be more regular TSA newsletters and even greater presence at significant tyre, transport, waste and local government gatherings and events.
One example of such industry engagement was the recent presentation by TSA to the Waste 2017 Conference in Coffs Harbour. The presentation can be viewed here.
New CEO for Tyre Stewardship Australia
Tyre Stewardship Australia has appointed Dale Gilson, former CEO of the Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia, as CEO of the Federal and State Government supported, industry cooperative organisation.
Mr. Gilson joins TSA on the third birthday of the organisation’s launch and will be responsible for guiding the next phase of the organisation’s growth as it focusses on driving more sustainable and valuable end-of-life tyre outcomes.
Over 1200 tyre retailers have become accredited within the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme and most of the nation’s major collectors and recyclers are also accredited. There is also significant interest in the scheme from Local Governments and Fleets. Mr Gilson joins at an exciting time with both end–of-life tyre management reporting and market development funding building momentum.
Mr Gilson has also served as CEO of Motorcycling Australia, Speedway Australia and Four Wheel Drive Victoria.
Welcoming Mr Gilson’s appointment TSA Independent Chair, David Spear, said; “Having Dale’s experience on board will be of great value to TSA as we continue to achieve our objectives, particularly in developing job creating economically valuable local uses for tyre-derived raw material.
Relishing the new challenge, Mr Gilson said “I’m really looking forward to the role and the opportunity to support Tyre Stewardship Australia fulfil its obligations under the National Tyre Stewardship Scheme. It’s an exciting time to join TSA and I am grateful to the TSA Board for the opportunity to be part of this important initiative”
VIC Roads Specifies Higher Rubber Mix in Surface Seal
TSA funded market development activities are already beginning to generate positive results.
In a significant move towards increasing use of tyre-derived material, in July 2016, VicRoads modified its contract requirements, to allow a doubling of the rubber content that can be used in high stress road surface seals, from 5% to 10%.
Second Round of TSA R&D Funding Opens
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has achieved a number of significant milestones in its 2 ½ years of operation including launching R&D funding focused on turning an environmental challenge into a potential for new jobs.
One important achievement has been the successful first round of funding by TSA for research and development into new and improved uses for end-or-life tyres.
TSA Local Government Video
Recently TSA presented at the Australian Local Government Association Annual Assembly in Canberra. Attended by over 800 local government leaders from around the nation it was an excellent opportunity to engage with important group of stakeholders who are already involved in waste management and who can play a valuable part in the use of tyre derived products.
As part of the TSA presence at this important event, and at the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Environment Conference a new video was produced to highlight the work undertaken and the way that local government can become involved.
Rubber Hits the Road with Federal Environment Minister Congratulating TSA
Federal Environment Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, was on hand to literally see the ‘rubber hit the road’ in his home electorate of Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, as part of the launch of a national cooperative research project targeting greater use of rubberised road products, including asphalt and spray seal.
Announcement from Tyre Stewardship Australia
Melbourne, April 8, 2016
At a meeting of Directors of Tyre Stewardship Australia held today, The Board has regretfully accepted the resignation of Gerry Morvell, its inaugural Chairman.
Board members wish to acknowledge the substantial contribution Gerry has made to the Industry Working Group leading to the establishment of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme as well as the pivotal role performed in guiding the scheme to its current position.
Tyre Stewardship Australia Accredits Kumho Tyre
Bob Jane T-Marts Joins Tyre Stewardship Australia
One of Australia’s most recognisable brands has joined Tyre Stewardship Australia and has become part of a cooperative industry response to the challenge presented by 51 million end-of-life tyres generated each year.
Bob Jane T-Marts is a very familiar name and sight around the country, with 136 stores and 45 years of experience in supporting Australian motorists. The group is the latest retail chain to join the TSA Product Stewardship Scheme and to contribute to the effort of turning an environmental challenge into an opportunity.
TSA’s First R&D First Funding Round Already Supporting New Programs
TSA’s first R&D funding round closed in late December 2015, now the over $1.5 million earmarked for sole TSA funded or cooperative projects has begun to generate new activity.
In the last few weeks TSA has announced two major cooperative projects looking at both the immediate practical application of a tyre-derived civil engineering product and at ways to get rubberised asphalt laid down as the high-tech, new road surface of choice throughout the country.
TSA Advertising Campaign Highlights The Challenge
If you ever wondered what over 50 million tyres look like in one pile then the new industry and consumer education campaign from TSA will provide the answer in an immediately recognisable way.
The campaign is designed to alert both industry and Australian consumers to the scale of the task of managing Australia’s end-of-life tyres. It was launched in transport and motor industry print and online titles in January and will run through to the end of 2016.
Audit Program Leads to Best Practice Guidelines
The initial wave of TSA accreditation audits has raised the opportunity for the preparation of best practice guidelines on some of the most regular areas of concern for retailers, collectors and recyclers.
Over 30 audits for accreditation and compliance were conducted over the latter half of 2015 and key areas identified for creation of best practice guidelines were, tyre storage, fire and emergency management as well as risk assessment and core occupational health and safety matters and down-stream vendor management, which is essentially ensuring that ELTs are going to an environmentally sound use.
The Infographic that tell the story
The industry and consumer advertising campaign brings attention to the issue to managing ELTs. To further outline the problem and the potential solutions TSA has also created an info-graphic that, at a glance, should help everyone understand the scope of the task and the potential for value creation.
TSA Reporting Platform Rolls Out
A central part of the TSA accreditation program, reporting on the disposal of ELTs has begun to take place with the roll-out of a specially built online reporting platform.
The monthly reporting required by the Trye Product Stewardship Scheme is designed to follow the movements of tyres from retail to point of recycling, export or other disposal and will provide valuable information on the true fate of ELTs.
Use of End-of-Life Tyres to increase the Safety, Speed and Payload of Australian Trains
16 February 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE
An upgrade to larger, heavier and faster trains can result in significant construction and maintenance costs to the rail infrastructure. Now a solution may be found through the use of new materials, made largely of old tyres, which will help to improve the performance and reduce cost of the tracks. That is the objective behind a research project by the University of Wollongong, in conjunction with industry partner Ecoflex, recently funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and the New South Wales Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
TSA research project funding well underway, with more to come
10 December 2015 - MEDIA RELEASE
Tyre Stewardship Australia has already negotiated funding for over $600,000 of research projects, focussed on developing new technologies and markets for recycled tyre raw material, as part of the over $1.5 million in research funding it is allocating in its first funding round.
With submissions for the initial funding round closing on December 16 interested parties still have time to make an application for projects to take place in 2016.Read More
Audit Program Kicks-off
Any robust and trusted stewardship scheme requires rigorous accreditation, audit and compliance processes that will ensure ‘best environmental practice’ for the management of end of life tyres.
To that end, the TSA Board recently endorsed a wide ranging audit and compliance function with audits on new and previously accredited tyre collectors and recyclers to be undertaken by the end of 2015. In addition, TSA will undertake pilot audits across a number of accredited retail outlets to ensure that tyres are not “leaking” out of the system for illegitimate means (such as dumping and stockpiling). Those activities will be supported by a data collection tool, also in pilot phase.
Tyre Stewardship Australia Welcomes Kmart Tyre & Auto Service
Tyre Stewardship Australia,has welcomed Kmart Tyre & Auto Service among its accredited entities.
The accreditation of the Kmart Tyre & Auto Service network adds to the many currently accredited outlets of Tyrepower, Beaurepaires, Bridgestone Australia-owned as well as numerous independent stores already participating in the Scheme.
With the accreditation process underway for a number of other tyre retail operations, Australian consumers will soon notice the TSA accreditation logo at most retail outlets around the country: the latest inclusion of more than 240 Kmart Tyre & Auto Service stores, brings the total of TSA-accredited tyre outlets to almost 1,000.Read More
TSA Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe
Industry expert Liam O’Keefe recently joined TSA in the role of Market Development Manager, bringing more than 15 years experience across a number of relevant fields, including recent work with Victorian Government leading market development projects for tyre-derived products.
Liam will lead work in research and development and market development, focusing on how to best invest the roughly $1 million per annum that TSA has earmarked for R&D projects. To ensure the industry can continue to grow, Liam will look to facilitate productive partnerships between universities, research institutes, industry and government to develop and promote new applications for tyre-derived products in Australia
Launch of Tyre Stewardship Research Fund with over $1 million for R&D
Tyre Stewardship Australia, the not-for-profit company established to deliver the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme on behalf of the tyre industry, has today launched more than $1 million in research and development funding.
Round 1 of the Tyre Stewardship Research Fund is now open for expressions of interest and seeks to encourage research partnerships between industry, government, research institutions and end users encourage new uses and innovative for tyre-derived products.
Defence commits to environmentally sound tyre recycling
12 August, 2015 - MEDIA RELEASE
Today the Australian Government announced the Department of Defence’s commitment to ensuring its fleet tyres are managed and recycled in an environmentally-sound way by joining Tyre Stewardship Australia.
Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said he was delighted the Department of Defence—one of the Government’s largest fleet operators—was participating in the tyre product stewardship scheme.
Key Objectives Of Tyre Stewardship Australia Confirmed By Latest Study
The release of the latest study into the fate of end-of-life tyres, commissioned by the National Environment Protection Council, has highlighted the importance of two major focal points for Tyre Stewardship Australia -- the improvement of transparent sustainable management processes and the development of opportunities and markets for greater domestic recycling.
Two of TSA’s core activities address those needs. First there is the creation of an industry-wide accreditation program that now includes most major tyre brands sold in Australia, a significant proportion of the nation’s tyre collectors and recyclers and an ever increasing number of retailers. Second there is the work that will focus on how to best further develop a domestic recycled tyre market, creating more tyre derived products and valuable uses for the recycled material.
The study, undertaken by Hyder Consulting, titled The stocks and fate of end-of-life tyres over 2013-14, identified that Australia produces approximately 51 million equivalent passenger units (EPUs) per annum with only 5% being domestically recycled, 32% were exported, 16% landfilled and the fate of another 16% is unknown.
TSA Appoints CEO
Tyre Stewardship Australia now has its first Chief Executive Officer, well known industry consultant Matt Genever.
According to TSA Chairman, Gerry Morvell, “Matt brings a decade of experience in waste and resource management. In his new role as CEO, all of this experience and knowledge will be invaluable to furthering TSA’s goals and objectives,” Mr Morvell added.
Tyrecycle Gains TSA Accreditation
Tyrecycle, Australia’s largest collector and recycler of end-of-life tyres has gained TSA accreditation.
With five major recycling facilities across the country and a nationwide collection footprint Tyrecycle’s accreditation will provide options for TSA accredited collection in almost every part of Australia. Added to the group of independent collectors and recyclers already accredited, and those seeking accreditation, it is clear that the tyre recycling sector has embraced the TSA as a cooperative industry initiative focussed on continual improvement of sustainable outcomes.
Bridgestone and Beaurepaires Stores Join TSA
Two more of the nation’s largest tyre retail chains have decided to become TSA accredited.
All the tyre stores operated by Bridgestone Australia and by Beaurepaires For Tyres have achieved TSA accreditation adding another 276 retail outlets to the over 200 Tyrepower outlets already accredited.
There are now almost 500 TSA accredited retail outlets. With significant additional stores being accredited each month Australian consumers will be able to find a TSA accredited retailer almost anywhere across the country.
TSA Online Reporting Platform to Launch in Pilot Phase
A critical part of the TSA accreditation requirement is about to come to life with the launch of the online reporting platform for retailers, Collectors and recyclers.
The reporting platform will be rolled out in a pilot program with a select group of accredited entities. The pilot program will ensure that it delivers both the data necessary to create valuable knowledge of the waste stream and that it is easy to operate for those reporting.
Australia Post Joins Tyre Stewardship Australia
23 February, 2015
AUSTRALIA POST JOINS TYRE STEWARDSHIP AUSTRALIA
Australia Post accredited under Tyre Stewardship Scheme
13,000 strong fleet will work with TSA accredited suppliers
One of Australia’s largest, most visible and diverse vehicle fleets has joined the effort to address the challenge of sustainably dealing with end-of-life tyres. Australia Post is now accredited under the Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) Scheme and has committed to meeting the environmental challenge contributed by its fleet of cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles. The addition of a 13,000 strong vehicle fleet to the Scheme is a major milestone in the establishment of an independent nation-wide cooperative industry program that is working on solutions to an ongoing environmental concern.
TSA Welcomes Bridgestone
27 January, 2015 - MEDIA RELEASE
Marking 12 months since the launch of Tyre Stewardship Australia by Federal Environment Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, the founding members, Continental, Goodyear/Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama are now joined by Bridgestone Australia. Commenting on the development, TSA Chairman, Gerry Morvell, said:
“TSA welcomes the participation of Bridgestone Australia. The arrival of such a significant player adds momentum to the remarkable progress TSA has made over the last year. The Tyre Stewardship Scheme will provide transparency on the fate of end-of-life tyres with the aim to develop both industry and consumer recognition of sustainable treatment of such tyres and to weed out unsustainable behaviour.”
'Tyrepower joins tyre clean-up scheme'
13 August, 2014 - MEDIA RELEASE
Australia’ largest independent tyre retail chain, Tyrepower, has put its national network behind Tyre Stewardship Australia as part of an industry wide push to address an up to 48 million old tyres per year challenge. With over 250 independent stores operating under the Tyrepower banner, the retail group’s participation in the newly established. Tyre Stewardship Scheme adds further momentum to the support for the initiative, which includes backing from tyre manufacturers covering over 60% of the Australian tyre market.
'Industry acts on escalating tyre disposal problem'
3 June, 2014 - NEWS ITEM, GoAuto Magazine
By TERRY MARTIN
A NATIONAL industry-led initiative addressing the escalating problem posed by around 50 million tyres requiring disposal every year in Australia officially starts on July 1.
Known as the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, the program aims to stamp out illegal dumping practices, reduce the mammoth and ever-increasing stockpile of discarded tyres entering the waste stream, and boost the rate of recycling which is currently at about 16 per cent in Australia.
'Minerals industry supports Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme'
20 Jan, 2014 - MEDIA RELEASE
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The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes today’s launch of the National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.
The industry-led tyre product stewardship scheme is an important and practical first step in developing a co-ordinated national response to the management of end of life tyres.
EPA Victoria Tightens Waste Tyre Storage Regulations
April 15, 2015. - PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
Following the consideration of comments on the Waste Tyre Storage Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and draft regulations, the Environment Protection (Scheduled Premises and Exemptions), (Industrial Waste Resource) and (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2015, were published on 15 April 2015.
The primary purpose of these regulations is to minimise the environmental and public health impacts from the inappropriate storage of waste tyres in Victoria.
The regulations take effect from 29 April 2015 at the expiration of the interim Waste Management Policy (Storage of Waste Tyres). They require premises with more than 40 tonnes or 5000 equivalent passenger units (EPU) of whole waste tyres at any time to obtain an EPA works approval before they are built or modified and an EPA licence to operate.
New businesses that are likely to exceed the threshold will be required to apply for a works approval from 29 April 2015, prior to applying for a licence.
Existing businesses will have until 29 October 2015 (six months from the commencement of the regulations) to apply for a licence.
Information on these requirements can be found online. EPA encourages businesses to contact us to discuss their operations and approval requirements. You can contact EPA by calling 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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