Frequently Asked Questions: Accreditation
This section addresses some of the more common questions around Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme accreditation.
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What does accreditation mean for my organisation?
Accreditation allows companies involved in the tyre supply chain to communicate their participation in the scheme.
Accreditation requires ongoing reporting of tyre sales/collection and provides an independent verification of environmentally responsible end-of-life tyre management.
What are my commitments as an accredited participant of the TSA?
The specific commitments for each type of partcipant in the Scheme differ depending on your level of participation. These can be viewed here.
A full table of these specific commitments can be viewed here.
The general commitments under the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme Guidelines require all participants in the Scheme to:
- support the objectives of the Scheme
- deal transparently and ethically with others involved in the tyre supply chain, including consumers
- promote the scheme to the community, other businesses and organisations
- use the Scheme’s branding and logo and adhere to conditions that apply to that use
- comply with relevant laws and practices, including those that apply to the environment and occupational health and safety and
- cooperate with surveys that are undertaken from time to time, and with TSA in conducting random audits – this includes retaining and, on request, providing the TSA with relevant documentation (as specified in the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme Guidelines).
Further, all participants in the Scheme are required to commit to contribute to:
- the environmentally sound use of end of life tyres
- elimination of the inappropriate export of baled tyres from Australia
- elimination of the illegal dumping of end of life tyres and
- elimination of the disposal of end of life tyres to landfill (except where no viable alternative is available and subject to state and territory legislation – for example, in rural and remote areas where appropriate recycling facilities are not available or transportation costs are prohibitive).
Why should our organisation join the TSA Scheme?
The requirement of companies to demonstrate environmental responsibility is now an established part of brand positioning and of consumer consideration in a competitive market.
Participation in the Federal Government supported and ACCC authorised Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme allows companies in the tyre supply chain to meet their environmental responsibility relating to end- of-life tyres and to transparently pass on the cost of participation to the end consumer through a minimal charge.
What does an audit involve?
An audit will include an external independent review of processes and documentation related to end- of-life tyre management, disposal, sale or any other form of transfer outside of the company’s control.
Audits may also include a physical inspection of tyre storage and disposal facilities and an tyre recycling facilities including those manufacturing recycled product feedstock.
What are my reporting requirements?
Reporting requirements differ for each participant depending on your business profile.
For a full list of requirements, please click on the relevant category below. If unsure of your category, please click here for 'Particpant Categories' definition.
How do you verify my application?
Verification is carried out when TSA assesses an application for Participant status and continues after Participant status is awarded.
As required, TSA contacts businesses or organisations that are named in applications to verify the information provided in the application. Thereafter, on a regular basis, TSA liaises with businesses or organisations named in the applications to ensure that the arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life tyres are still in place.
If verification checks prove arrangements are not in place, TSA will contact the Participant to seek an explanation. If the explanation is not satisfactory, then Participant status and benefits may be revoked by TSA.
Participants should inform TSA of any changes to arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life tyres at the earliest opportunity. This is to ensure that information about Participants that is held by TSA remain current.