Preventing Future Stockpiles is Tyre Stewardship Australia’s Objective
Recent heightened concern around a legacy stockpile of millions of end-of-life tyres, near the Victorian town of Stawell, highlights the need for the preventative work being undertaken by Tyre Stewardship Australia.
According to TSA CEO Dale Gilson, the Stawell stockpile, more recently estimated to be between 1 and 3 million tyres, is “a clear indication of the type of outcome that our organisation is working so hard to prevent.”
TSA was established, with Federal and State Government support, as an industry cooperative body with three core objectives:
To institute an accreditation scheme for industry participants committed to disposing of end-of-life tyre in a sustainable manner;
To educate the public on the value of dealing only with TSA accredited industry suppliers;
To invest in the research and development of new markets for recycled tyre-derived material.
TSA is supported by most of the major tyre brands and retail chains present in Australia and counts over 1300 tyre stores and 80% of tyre recyclers amongst its accredited tyre operators.
Mr Gilson said that the Stawell issue is “… a reflection of a previous market failure with limited end-use markets for recycled material creating negative value for old tyres. That is why TSA is investing in opportunities to turn a waste challenge into new products and jobs, whilst at the same time aiming to guide consumers to tyre industry operators who are behaving in a sustainable manner.”
‘There is a great deal of expertise in the developed world that can offer examples of beneficial use of tyre-derived material, using mature and proven technology. Such opportunities should be explored in Australia and TSA has a vital role in making that happen”
“Legacy problems such as Stawell will not be solved through speculative and unproven means. They will take a considerable effort, over time, to be completely addressed. Our objective is to make sure we minimise the possibility of adding to that challenge.”
The Victorian EPA took control of the Stawell site on August 9, after the owners failed to respond to final demands for action. Vic EPA has engaged a TSA accredited recycler, Tyrecycle, to assist in removing the tyres and ensuring they are shredded and recycled as crumb or tyre derived fuel.
“We support the Victorian EPA’s action and engagement of a TSA accredited recycler. Clearly the owners of the stockpile were unable to deliver on their long-promised solutions. As a result, community interest demanded that appropriate action be taken by the relevant authorities”, said Mr Gilson.
“At TSA we will continue to focus on our three core objectives of accreditation, education and market development. Objectives we are convinced will ensure that such situations do not eventuate in future.”
Public Awareness Campaign Takes to the Roads
In recent months TSA has launched further public awareness advertising to draw attention to the size of the challenge of dealing with Australia’s annual supply of end-of-life tyres.
The arresting images of piles of tyres superimposed onto iconic Australian cityscapes have featured in in national newspapers, targeted print publications and through an online digital campaign.
TSA Reporting Made Easier by Continual Platform Evolution
Reporting on the fate of end-of-life tyres is a critical part of meeting the commitments that are required of all TSA accredited tyre operators. The TSA online reporting platform is the mechanism used to ensure such reporting can be accurate. TSA is continuously working on modifications for the platform and regular feedback from users often guides modifications that will make it easier to accurately report. Recently the platform was amended to allow retailers to report two additional disposal outcomes; Agriculture and Return to Consumer. These end destinations reflect the outcomes that can occur in remote locations in the case of consumers choosing to take back their old tyres for other purposes. Retailers are reminded that regular reporting is a requirement of ongoing accreditation and that current year accreditation stickers are issued to those retailers who have both registered to report and have reported within the last three months. If you have not registered to report, or you need assistance to start your regular reporting, please contact email@example.com.
TSA Guidelines can Help with Victorian State Government Recycling Facility Audit
The recent significant fire at a Melbourne waste recycling facility has motivated the Victorian State Government to instigate a program of audits of all recycling facilities in the state.
The recently published TSA Best Practice Guidelines for Tyre Storage and Fire and Emergency Preparedness not only helps operators be best prepared for any audits by state authorities but also clearly outlines the relevant state regulatory requirements.
The guidelines resulted from a considerable process of consultation and investigation, allowing TSA to clearly identify both the risks and the most effective manner to mitigate risk and prepare for response, if required. TSA would like to thank all those operators who contributed to the knowledge-base that made the Best Practice Guidelines possible and urges all operators nationally to regularly review their processes to ensure that the highest standards of practice and preparedness are the industry norm.
Northern Territory Government Fleet Leads the Pack of New TSA Accreditations
The Northern Territory has led the way by becoming the first whole-of-government fleet to become TSA Accredited. NT Fleet is the government entity that is responsible for over 5,000 vehicles ranging from light to heavy vehicles. Many of which service some of the most remote communities in the country.
The accreditation means the NT Fleet will only deal with TSA Accredited businesses in their procurement of tyres required for the effective operation of the full range of vehicles under management.
International Study of Tyre Stewardship Schemes Will Help TSA Development
TSA’s Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe, recently returned from a Churchill Fellowship study tour of tyre stewardship schemes, recycling practices and market development initiatives in Europe, Canada, India and the USA with a host of information and ideas that can help shape the future direction of the Australian scheme. Operating under widely varying regulatory frameworks, the international schemes have evolved means of addressing the end-of-life tyre challenge that can offer TSA guidance and shortcuts to devising sustainable solutions to the Australian challenge.
Early OH&S indications positive for use of Crumb Rubber Modified Binder in Open Graded Asphalt
Crumbed rubber has been in used in binders and sealant in road building internationally, since the 1960s and in Australia since the mid-70s. The increased use of crumbed rubber, at various stages of the road building process, offers not only significant improvements to road surface durability but also a valuable use for end-of-life tyre-derived product.
Tyre Storage Best Practice Guidelines Provide Clear Direction
Part of TSA’s remit is to help set industry standards in relation to the management, storage and disposal of end-of-life tyres. To that end, TSA has just published The Tyre Stewardship Australia Best Practice Guidelines on Tyre Storage and Fire and Emergency Preparedness.
Developed to provide tyre collectors and recyclers with a roadmap to compliance with the regulations and requirements relevant to tyre storage, they also highlight best practice methods for storage and fire and emergency preparation.
It is also important to note that implementation of these essential requirements should be undertaken with reference to the regulations and guidelines applicable in the relevant State or Territory.
Online Search Tool Makes for Easy Accreditation Verification
A major part of helping address the challenge of 51 million tyres reaching their end-of- life in Australia each year is making the commitment, as a consumer, to purchase new tyres only from Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) accredited retailers. Now, with over 1,300 retailers nation-wide carrying TSA
accreditation, meeting that commitment is even more convenient. To make the process of finding your nearest TSA accredited retailer extremely easy TSA is
continually updating the online search tool built to find your nearest outlet.
More Accreditations and Katherine Town Council Adding to Support From NT
The pace of TSA accreditation continues to build the strong network of retailers, collectors, recyclers, fleets and local government authorities that responsible industry participants can choose to deal with. Hot on the heels of the recent TSA accreditation of NT Fleet, covering all government vehicles operated by the Northern Territory Government, comes the accreditation of the Katherine Town Council.
The Katherine Town Council increases the TSA Local Government Authority footprint and does so in a remote area where waste management is critical to the preservation of some of the nation’s most iconic environments.
In addition, June 2017 saw a further 18 retailers gain TSA accreditation, made up of a brace of Goodyear Autocare sites and further additions to the already comprehensive coverage of the Bridgestone and Tyrepower retail chains.
Finance and Administration Manager Joins the TSA Team
Marissa Johnston is the latest addition to the TSA team, in the role of Finance and Administration Manager, bolstering the organisation’s resources in two vital support functions.
Marissa brings 18 years’ experience in accounting and office managerial roles.
Prior to starting at TSA, Marissa was the Financial Controller for four years at Adams Food Group; an external sales management company for one of Australia’s largest recognised integrated supermarket chains.
Before taking on the previous Financial Controllers role, Marissa lived and travelled abroad. During this time, she was employed as the EA to the Finance Bursar at Balliol College, an academic College in the heart of Oxford, UK.
TSA Supports Keynote Speaker at Road Building Conference
As mentioned in previous TSA e-news editions, road building offers a significant opportunity to use tyre-derived products in ways that provide multiple benefits.
At the August 2017 Australian Asphalt Pavement Association International Conference, findings from the recent road building application cooperative research (supported by TSA) will be presented. TSA is also supporting a keynote presentation from visiting international expert, Dr. David Jones. The support of the AAPA event is part of TSA’s market development function, focused on increasing the utilisation of crumbed rubber mix asphalt and other road building applications.
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.
Click here to access the full Marsden Jacob Associates report.
Click here to access the TSA Response to the report.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
Kumho Tyre, one of the world’s leading tyre brands, is the latest big name to join Tyre Stewardship Australia. In participating in the State and Federal Government supported, cooperative industry response to the challenge presented by 51 million end-of-life tyres generated each year, Kumho Tyre joins fellow global brands Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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