Australia is the sixth largest country and one of the most sparsely populated in the world placing it in the top 20 countries for vehicles per capita with over 20 million registered vehicles and 85 million tyres in use.
Since the last tyre manufacturing factory ceased operating in 2010, Australia’s need for tyres has been supported by the importing of all new tyres loose or on vehicles and supplemented by local retreading of truck tyres and a seconds (reuse) market.
In 2022-23 Australia generated an estimated 545,000 tonnes of used tyres with an average of around 515,000 tonnes over the past five years and recovered 58% in 2022-23 for use in domestic and international markets as either reused tyres (as is or retreaded and repaired) or tyre derived products. This is a decline over the past three years with an average of around 65% for the past 5 years. The recovery of passenger and truck tyres (automotive tyres) make up most of the recovered waste tyres with very limited recovery of off-the-road (OTR) tyres.