Time to stop dumping used tyres with dodgy overseas operators
Used Australian tyres are being dumped overseas with little regard for how they are recycled or disposed of.
As an industry-led product stewardship program, established by leading tyre importers, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is keen to find a solution for end-of-life tyres. Today, TSA remains a voluntary scheme, made up of representatives from across the tyre supply chain including the tyre retailers, manufacturers, recyclers and collectors.
“A recent audit of where some of our recyclers send the tyres they collect, has revealed some red flags,” said the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of TSA, Lina Goodman.
“Whilst it is inevitable that some used tyres will be sold overseas, we want Australian tyre recyclers & collectors to be more vigilant and responsible about where they send their product.
“Although TSA does not have the authority to regulate these markets, we do want to help our participants make informed choices – choices that are safer for the environment and society.”
The recent audit uncovered a number of concerning practises:
Product sold to overseas businesses with undesirable health and safety practices; including dilapidated buildings and questionable emergency exits.
Product being stored in an unsafe manner, conducive of fire and other health- related concerns.
Product being used in a way that could harm the environment such as burning or offloading to other destinations outside of the known supply chain end-point.
TSA engaged Intertek, a global total quality assurance organisation, to assist with the verification of the downstream process of end-of-life tyres. With over 130-years’ experience, Intertek was well placed to work with TSA in identifying high risk destinations.
Intertek’s General Manager Australasia, Benjamin Rieck, said “Intertek is committed to a partnership with TSA in furthering the development of the scheme, to provide valuable and actionable insights into the end-of-life tyre export, distribution and processing through covering a range of crucial aspects, including; Distribution, Environmental, Health and Safety, Modern Slavery and broader social responsibility and compliance aspects”.
TSA cannot direct Australian recyclers to send their product to specific overseas operators, but it can revoke the membership of non-compliant participants.
“The guiding foundation of the product stewardship scheme is that all members must use only accredited TSA collectors and recyclers. A revoked membership implies profound commercial consequences precluding offenders from doing business with other TSA accredited parties,” Ms Goodman said.
As a result of these recent findings, TSA is reviewing the product stewardship scheme to ensure greater transparency in downstream processes for end-of-life tyres.
Each year, Australians generate about 56 million used tyres; it is the aim of the Product Stewardship Scheme to help expand Australia’s tyre recycling industry and support the creation of more markets for tyre derived products like equine tracks, crumb rubber roads and permeable paving. TSA has to date committed $4 Million to the development of sustainable end markets for tyre-derived products within Australia.
“We are working hard to support these emerging markets but in the meantime, we need to do more to help our participants find and use reputable overseas recyclers.”
“It’s all about creating more sustainable outcomes for Australia’s end-of-life tyres. Let’s keep them away from landfill, illegal dumping and unaccountable export markets,” Ms Goodman said.
New TSA CEO appointed
Tyre Stewardship Australia welcomed Ms. Lina Goodman as the organisation's new CEO. She has more than 20 years’ experience in resource recovery and environmental innovation, bringing together projects and partners to deliver commercial and environmental improvements. Lina comes to TSA with vast industry experience in senior management roles across logistics and manufacturing, packaging and recycling organisations that includes the TIC Group, CSR Limited and VISY Industries.
Lina holds both a Bachelor of Business and a Master’s in Business (Marketing) and also currently sits on the Advanced Manufacturing Board.
Every aspect of TSA’s operations has seen increased activity, resulting in greater industry buy-in and delivery on the exciting potential for end uses of tyre derived material. The Scheme now has over 1,500 accredited participants, represents over 80% of the EOLTs collected nationwide, and has committed over $4 million to market development opportunities. Lina joins TSA at a pivotal time, following the ACCC reauthorisation of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme, in 2018, for a further six years.
In welcoming Ms. Goodman's appointment TSA Chairman, David Spear, commented; “Lina’s breadth of experience will assist us in the next phase of TSA, securing the foundations for growth as we progress towards our vision of finding sustainable solutions for the management of end-of-life tyres.”
As she accepted the challenge of her new role Lina remarked; “I am excited by the opportunity to continue the efforts that are progressing this important initiative. The Product Stewardship space is vital in the circular economy revolution, and TSA will play its part.”
Further Tech talks talks drive rubber into roads in 2019
TSA and the Australian Asphalt Paving Association (AAPA) are working together in delivering a series of information sessions to state and local authority roads bodies, roads engineers and contractors. The sessions, which began in 2018, aim to increase understanding of the application of rubberised road products.
As well as highlighting global best practice, the latest technological developments in road maintenance and building, using recycled crumbed rubber, are outlined.
Early 2019 workshops have been scheduled in New South Wales and Victoria in February and March. To secure a place at one of the workshops follow the link below.
TSA welcomes Gary Body as the new Accreditation and Compliance Auditor.
Gary will conduct TSA accreditation and compliance audits for both prospective and accredited participants. He will work with businesses to follow up on any recommendations made during the audit process and assist participants in meeting their accreditation and compliance commitments.
Gary is a qualified Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professional and lead auditor who brings a wealth of experience in creating audit programs, leading audit teams, conducting internal and external HSE audits and providing comprehensive reports to businesses.
Gary’s background most recently, includes working as an HSE consultant for a wide range of companies, across several industry sectors, including civil, building construction, manufacturing, transport and the waste industry.
TSA accreditation displays responsible practice in waste tyre management
It is easy for Launceston locals to shop for tyres with confidence that their old tyres are not ending up in illegal dumps. By shopping from Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) accredited retailers, such as Tazzy Tyres - Launceston, consumers can ensure that their end-of-life tyres meet a sustainable fate.
Recent action by the Tasmanian EPA to issue infringement notices for illegal tyre disposal has highlighted the value of using the industry accreditation program to identify responsible operators.
With more than 1500 retail outlets accredited nation-wide and over 80% of tyre recycling activity covered, the TSA accreditation program includes 33 tyre retailers in Tasmania and the largest tyre collector/recycler in the state (Barwicks).
TSA was established by major tyre companies to improve the sustainable management of the more than 56 million end-of-life tyres generated in Australia each year.
Supported by State and Federal Governments, the TSA accreditation scheme commits participating tyre importers, retailers, collectors and recyclers to sustainable end-of-life tyre management.
The organisation is also working on increasing domestic recycling uses for waste tyres; such as crumbed-rubber asphalt for better roads, playground surfaces, sporting fields and innovative civil engineering and construction products.
South Australian test could see a doubling of old tyres used to create better roads
A 335 metre stretch of innovative road surface was laid in the City of Mitcham at Stanlake Avenue, St Marys, in South Australia. The asphalt trial is being funded by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) to support research and development that can increase local markets for tyre-derived product.
Crumbed rubber asphalt has been extensively overseas, in climatic conditions similar to Australia, with long term use in California, Arizona and South Africa delivering excellent road performance results and highly desirable sustainability outcomes.
The testing by the City of Mitcham is of a specific warm mix dense-graded crumb rubber modified asphalt already laboratory tested and suitable for use in challenging underlying soil conditions, such as reactive clay. It will be focused on a range of performance factors, such as cracking, rutting, moisture retention and general durability. If successful, the test will contribute to a doubling of the use of recycled tyre rubber in Australian road building, leading to an increase in the percentage of annual volume of old tyres consumed, from around 5% to 10%, within a very short time.
According to City of Mitcham Mayor, Heather Holmes-Ross “We are trialing the crumb rubber asphalt because of the significant environmental benefits as well as the opportunity to improve the quality and life of road pavements, particularly in areas of reactive clay soils.
The City of Mitcham recycled approximately 850 used tyres in the trial asphalt resurfacing of Stanlake Avenue, with 1.5 end-of-life tyres being used for every ton of asphalt laid. In addition, the laying of the asphalt, which was mixed at 160 degrees and laid at 140 degrees, occurred without any workability or fuming issues, despite an over 35C ambient temperature.
TSA’s work in the crumbed rubber asphalt space has also recently resulted in the publication, with the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, of two national specifications for commonly used forms of crumbed rubber asphalt.
Acting CEO of Tyre Stewardship Australia, Steve Clifford welcomed the foresight of the City of Mitcham in conducting the test. “The Council is to be congratulated for grasping the opportunity to deliver better infrastructure whist addressing a sustainability challenge. The work done in South Australia will play an important role in creating valuable domestic recycling outcomes for end-of-life tyres. Outcomes that can also deliver new green jobs.”
Ongoing testing is scheduled to run for two years, with results monitored on a regular basis to assess the key performance parameters.
Global knowledge sharing driving accelerated change
The increased use of end-of-life tyres for road applications is an international project that has seen many countries work to improve outcomes and share knowledge.
One of the best opportunities to share world’s best practice was via the Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) International Knowledge Transfer (IKT) study tour, that included attendance at the recent Rubberised Asphalt Rubber 2018 (RAR 2018) conference in South Africa.
TSA Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe attended the events, as did delegates from AAPA, roads authorities, local councils and roads contractors from across Australia.
As the seventh such international knowledge sharing conference since 2000, RAR 2018 provided the opportunity to share 41 papers on key topics and the IKT tour included site visits to view uses of high rubber content asphalt in local South African conditions.
The knowledge gained from the conference and study tour will be incorporated into future tech-talk briefings and master classes held by TSA and AAPA; ensuring that Australian road builders and specifiers are in possession of state-of-the-art information that will lead to better roads and sustainability outcomes.
TSA Recyclers & Exporters Forum
In Brisbane in early November, TSA held its second Forum for Accredited Collectors and Recyclers. The 2018 event focused on Recyclers and Exporters, with session themes around updating participants on regulatory changes in Queensland, addressing risk factors in accreditation and compliance (through a proposed recycler/collectors hierarchy rating tool) and developing draft documentation to assist with generating best practice within the industry for downstream vendor (DSV) verification of environmentally sustainable uses of end-of-life tyres.
A feedback survey on the draft documentation has been distributed to all accredited collectors and recyclers. In addition, all presentations, including links to the Queensland regulations presented, have been made available to collectors and recyclers.
The report covers the period during which TSA showed continued growth in all aspects of its core operations; accreditation and compliance, public and industry education and market development. The highlights of all areas are covered in the report, including details on the over $3 million invested by the Tyre Stewardship Fund and the exponential growth of consumer traffic to the public engagement site www.greentyreproject.com.au.
In addition to providing full financial reporting for the 2017/18 year the annual report also recognises the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission six-year re-authorisation of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme and outlines the key priorities for the next 12 months, such as the additional focus on down-stream vendor verification and engagement with the automotive import industry.
Industry Consultative Group ready to provide valuable input
Following an open application process TSA’s Industry Consultative Group has been instituted with representatives from importers, retailers, recyclers, collectors and from the Australian Tyre Recycling Association (ATRA).
With an ICG member having an initial 2-year term, the importer representatives will come from Michelin with the second position awaiting to be filled, whilst the retail representatives will be Tanya Parry, of Switched On Mechanical & Switched On Tyres in Helensburg NSW and Michael Clark, of Jax Tyres Smithfield, also in NSW.
Recyclers will be represented by Jim Fairweather, of Tyrecycle, Karsten Larsen, of Tyre Crumb in Victoria and Andrew Drennan, of Peal Global in Queensland. Collectors will be represented by David Hyman, of Ozcom Recycling and ATRA representation will be through Executive Officer, Rob Kelman.
There was strong interest in participating in the group and the TSA Board thanks all those who took the time to apply for membership in the inaugural committee.
The first meeting of the consultative group will be held in Sydney on November 8.
Ongoing growth of accredited participants includes global warehouse retailer
The nine Costco warehouse sites in Australia are now TSA accredited tyre retailers.
The American warehouse company joined the scheme as part of their global sustainability policy, allowing members to purchase new tyres from Costco confident of the sustainable management of any waste tyres the retailer may collect.
Joining the recent accreditation were Apple Isle retailer Tazzy Tyres of Launceston and Maryborough, Queensland, based tyre collector KB Tyre Solutions.
Total TSA accredited, importers, retailers, collectors and recyclers now number over 1,550, ensuring that TSA accreditation has become the default position for responsible participants in the Australian tyre market.
TSA Market Development Fund to support real-world demonstration projects
The application of the Tyre Stewardship Fund, which has seen over $3 million committed in support of R&D projects focussed on new domestic uses for recycled end-of-life tyres, has now been expanded to include a Demonstration and Infrastructure stream.
The new project stream will support projects that, offer potential for significant domestic use of tyre-derived product and that will benefit from real-world trialling to help prove their viability to potential end-users and product specifiers.
The most obvious example being the testing, by roads authorities, of the application of the newly released Australian Asphalt Pavement Association national specifications for crumbed rubber containing asphalt.
The decision to expand the funding streams to further real-world validation was motivated by a demand to capitalise on the benefits of research and by the, TSA supported, National Market Development Strategy for Used Tyres 2017-2022 that identified the need to work on removing barriers to the take-up of end products.
An example of such real-world testing is the recent University of Melbourne trial to develop an optimum blend of permeable paving that incorporates recycled tyres to create urban ‘hard’ surfaces that can provide water to nearby trees.
The expanded funding stream does not allow for the funding of recycling infrastructure, seed funding for new ventures, clean-up of stockpiles or for feasibility studies.
The green tyre message reaches over 1 million Australians
TSA consumer education and engagement website greentyreproject.com.au has since launched in November of last year generated over 1 million clicks, an average site visitation of more than 100,000 per month. Other activity includes more than 680,000 views of the Green Tyre Project explanatory videos, close to 39,000 social media shares, 13,000 accredited tyre retailer searches and with nearly 4,500 consumers taking the extra step of pledging to only buy tyres for TSA accredited retailers.
These remarkable figures point to the success of the traditional (print, radio, transit and ambient) media campaign, supported by well targeted online marketing, in driving consumers to the site.
Not only has the campaign driven substantial engagement numbers it has also exceeded industry benchmarks for campaign efficiency, on both a cost per click basis and in site video view rates.
As the campaign continues, participants are sure to benefit from consumer’s increased awareness of the TSA scheme and the clearly emerging preference for only doing business with accredited retailers.
New Board Member brings decades of manufacturing and recycling experience
TSA board welcomes Allan Kerr to its ranks. Allan brings to his new role extensive manufacturing industry experience, which includes a lengthy period as the Managing Director of Australia’s largest tyre recycler.
Allan is already a member of the TSA Research Advisory Committee, which assists in decisions around Market Development Fund grants.
In addition to his tyre industry experience Allan is a CPA and has also been deeply involved in the textile industry. He was also a Chair of the Australian Tyre Recycling Association (ATRA) and Chair of the textile division of the Textiles and Fashion Industries of Australia (TIFA).
TSA report de-mystifies Pyrolysis and Gasification of waste tyres
Anyone involved in the management of end-of-life tyres, would have heard pyrolysis and gasification being touted as perfect circular economy recycling solutions.
With the promise of high temperature thermal processing resulting in products such as oil, synthetic gas, carbon black and steel; the technology sounds almost too good to be true.
To separate fact from fiction, TSA initiated a detailed study to establish both the technical capabilities of the technologies and the commercial considerations for funding and building of thermal processing plants.
Tyre Pyrolysis and Gasification Technologies – A brief Guide for Government and Industry - is a report that reviews the efficacy of both technologies, looks at the global history of operating plants and, most importantly, considers the economic and end-product market factors that are critical to commercial viability in the Australian market.
According to TSA Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe; “The motivation of the guide was to provide industry thought leadership on both, often promoted, emerging technologies as possible recycling solutions and to better inform Government, the tyre industry, pyrolysis proponents and those considering investment in such technologies.”
“We believe the guide, by providing a high level of analysis and technical and economic detail, will be an aid to decision making around proposed facilities. No one technology will meet the waste tyre environmental challenge on its own. The best result will most likely come from a combination of options. The guide is a tool to assist decision making by providing greater and objective information.”
A full report on thermal tyre processing technologies, from which the guide is taken, is also available from TSA, by request.
New TSA Board member from Bridgestone Australia
Bridgestone Australia and New Zealand General Affairs Manager, Doug Barclay, has joined the TSA board.
Mr Barclay fills the casual vacancy created by the departure of Bridgestone Managing Director, Andrew Moffatt; who recently announced his intention to retire, at the end of September, after an illustrious 25 year career at the leading tyre importer.
Bringing over 20 years of Australian automotive component industry experience to the board position, Mr Barclay's appointment will ensure that the TSA Board retains a close understanding of the business environment in which TSA operates.
USA scrap tyre success story shows the way
As one of the world's largest tyre markets, the task of sustainably managing the USA's end-of -life tyre volume could be expected to be daunting. So in 1991 the US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) began its efforts to address the issue.
Now, citing figures from its recently released 2017 U.S. Scrap Tire Report, the USTMA is calling scrap tyre management one of the country's "great environmental success stories."
As of 2017, more than 81 percent of scrap tyres in the U.S. find a useful end-life in products such as tyre-derived fuel, rubber-modified asphalt and other products. That result contrasts with 1991, when only one scrap tyre in ten was effectively reused.
USTMA's report also noted that the number of stockpiled scrap tyres plummeted by 94 percent to about 60 million in 2017, from about 1 billion in 1991. According to Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO, 'tyre management in the U.S. demonstrates an environmental success story - one that not enough people know about. Over the past 30 years, USTMA has worked with state partners to find uses for scrap tires and our success is reflective of the commitment to environmental responsibility from our industry."
TDF and rubber-modified asphalt are expected to continue to be the key areas of growth in the USA scrap tyre industry, and will remain the focus of the USTMA's scrap tyre management efforts.
The American story points a way for TSA, as it works towards long-term domestic sustainable management, but it also indicates that the issue, decades in the making, will be one that will take years of consistent, patient and cooperative effort to substantially address.
TSA team boosted with arrival of dedicated Compliance Officer
The recent appointment of Julie Went as Compliance Officer at TSA will assist the Accreditation and Compliance function with the now substantial task of supporting the compliance needs of the over 1500 accredited businesses within the Scheme.
Julie will also help to strengthen the robustness of the audit regime and to manage the volume of document verification required through the ever-increasing participant numbers and by the more rigorous downstream vendor verification work being undertaken.
In her most recent role prior to TSA, Julie was the Strategy Lead for Organics at Sustainability Victoria where she led delivery of the Organics Resource Recovery Strategy. Additionally, Julie brings valuable insight of the TSA Audit and Compliance Program through a previous role with TSA where she supported the audit and compliance function of the Scheme.
National cross-media education campaign drives strong consumer recognition
The strong nationwide, consumer focussed, advertising campaign executed by TSA, in the latter part of 2017 first half of 2018, has delivered impressive levels of consumer awareness and engagement.
The multi-media campaign utilised national and state newspapers, radio, outdoor billboard, transit, online and digital platforms to highlight sustainable end-of-life tyre management that turns waste tyres into useful, and sometimes surprising, new products. All the advertising directed consumers to the purpose-built website, greentyreproject.com.au.
The program has resulted in an average of 65,000 unique site visits per month, 1,300 searches for accredited retailers per month and over 3,500 pledges to buy only from accredited tyre stores since November 2017.
The site clearly highlights the tyre brands and tyre retailers involved, thus ensuring that consumers attach the value of responsible end-of-life tyre management to participating businesses.
As part of its core objective of consumer education driving recognition of the TSA accreditation program, TSA has committed to continuing the public education campaign and expects equally strong levels of consumer engagement into the future.
New national specifications for CRA & Spray Seal supported by industry briefing sessions
New national specifications for Crumbed Rubber Asphalt (CRA), achieved through the work of Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) and TSA, with the support of Transport and Main Roads Queensland and Main Roads Western Australia, could see millions more end-of-life tyres headed for reuse as part of Australia’s road infrastructure.
The new national specifications for both Open Graded (OGA) and Gap Graded (GGA) asphalt applications and crumbed rubber spray seal could eventually see nearly 10 percent of the accessible feedstock for tyre-derived crumb rubber produced in Australia consumed in domestic road manufacturing.
Using the new national specifications, state road agencies will be able to set a consistent
standard for crumbed rubber road products, in both metropolitan and regional applications, and be better able to gain the known CRA benefits of better drainage, reduced noise, improved rut and crack resistance and reduced maintenance cycles.
Included in the work was a new national specification for rubberised spray seal, offering further road maintenance improvements.
Supporting the national specifications, TSA and AAPA will be delivering a series of information sessions to state and local authority roads bodies, roads engineers and contractors. All with the aim of increasing understanding of the application of the products.
Through the series of short-course workshops, beginning in August this year, TSA and AAPA will outline global best practice and the latest technological developments in road maintenance and building using recycled crumbed rubber.
According to Liam O’Keefe, Market Development Manager for TSA ; “The new national specifications are a major step forward. Now, if we can increase knowledge and arrive at a triple benefit of great roads with a better whole-of-life cost, whilst making an impact on a challenging sustainability issue, we will have significantly moved the needle towards a truly circular economy.”
To secure a place at one of the workshops please indicate your expression of interest via the link below:
The Tyre Stewardship Australia team has been expanded to reflect the organisational objective of growing viable markets for end-of-life tyres. A focus very much on end-users such as local government authorities and other large manufacturing and industrial organisations.
Jan van de Graff joins TSA as the Business Relationship Manger, from product stewardship roles in the metals industry and in large logistics operations. He also spent time as team leader at Sustainability Victoria.
Jan's depth of knowledge in the sustainability space will allow him to further develop opportunities for beneficial involvement in the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.
Jan will also look to assist existing participants to maximise their value from participation in the scheme, ensuring that their commitment to sustainability drives user and customer recognition and the potential for fresh commercial benefits.
JAX Tyres further boosts consumer choice of TSA accredited retailers
One of the most recognisable names in tyre retailing has joined the comprehensive roster of tyre retailers with Tyre Stewardship Australia accreditation; further increasing the already significant choices for consumers looking to find a tyre retailer exercising environmentally sustainable management of end-of-life tyres.
The 84-strong network of JAX Tyres is the latest to boost the numbers of TSA accredited tyre retailers, taking that total number to over 1,500 TSA accredited tyre stores nationwide.
By gaining accreditation for their highly visible tyre stores, JAX have committed to ensuring that any end-of-life tyres they dispose of are managed within the TSA accreditation scheme, as well as to supporting the public education and market development efforts of TSA.
JAX Tyres join Beaurepaires, Bob Jane T-Marts, Bridgestone Service Centres and Bridgestone Select stores, K Mart Tyre & Auto Service, Goodyear Auto Centres, Tyres & More, Tyrepower, TyrePlus and selected Continental and independent retail outlets in achieving TSA Accreditation. The comprehensive reach of the combined TSA accredited stores ensures that almost no Australian customer is beyond easy access of a TSA accredited tyre retailer.
Welcoming JAX Tyres to TSA accreditation TSA CEO, Dale Gilson, remarked on the consumer options available within the scheme. “ The JAX Tyres decision to join the nationwide list of accredited retailers is both a welcome development and an indication that the Australian tyre retail sector is comprehensively behind the efforts to ensure we deal with the environmental challenge of end-of-life tyres. For consumers, the addition of JAX Tyres adds further comfort that their chosen tyre retailer is committed to doing the right thing for our environment and the development of a viable future circular economy.”
Australia currently generates over 56 million end-of-life tyres each year and TSA is heavily involved, through tyre retail, collection, recycling and research and development of new tyre-derived products, in growing the proportion of those tyres that find a beneficial domestic recycled end use.
Commenting on the JAX Tyres TSA accreditation JAX Quickfit CEO, Jeff Board highlighted the JAX broader environmental commitment. “Becoming part of the TSA accreditation scheme is the latest step in our ongoing program of ensuring that all JAX operations are managed in an environmentally sustainable manner. We have continually reviewed operations to ensure the most environmentally sensitive processes and policies possible and we look forward to working with TSA on further addressing the challenge of managing the Australian waste tyre challenge.”
ACCC re-authorises the Tyre Stewardship Scheme
Following a process of industry, TSA and public submissions and consultations, the ACCC has determined that it will grant authorisation for the Tyre Stewardship Scheme for a further 6 years
Tyre Stewardship Australia was established as an industry cooperative scheme, with the support of State and Federal Governments, under an initial 5 year ACCC determination that authorised the Tyre Stewardship Scheme (TSS) and allowed for the charging of the 25cent per EPU consumer levy. That authorisation was granted, as TSA was being established, in 2013 and expires this year.
In reaching its determination the ACCC considered the progress of the voluntary scheme and the impact that TSA has been able to make in educating both industry and consumers of the need to address a clear environmental challenge.
Industry and interested body submissions also provided valuable insights into how the scheme is viewed by key stakeholders and, together with TSA’s submission, offered opportunities for improvements in processes, targets and outcomes over the period of the new authorisation.
The re-authorisation will come into effect on June 15th 2018.
Sami Bitumen Technologies recently won an industry innovation award for developing a new way to ensure that crumb rubber-modified (CRM) binder for road sealing could be transported and used up to 1,100 kilometres from its point of manufacture with no degradation in its quality and usability.
Now, just in 2018, they have supplied over 6 million litres of pre-blended CRM binder for roads projects across south-east Queensland.
The challenge SAMI overcame related to the tendency for crumb rubber particles to settle at the bottom of tanker caring the binder mix over any major distance. Their new technology has seen the range of operation, from the point of mixing, increase from no more than 300 kilometres to the impressive over 1000kms.
Having won the 2017 National Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) Innovation Award SAMI is now working with Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, TSA and AARB further research that hopes to deliver expanded use of crumb rubber in spray seals and in both open graded and gap graded asphalt nationally.
In addition, a number of test applications have been executed as part of Queensland road projects. Projects that, it is hoped, will provided evidence of the benefits of using crumbed rubber products and that will lead to pilot specifications and more applications in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia.
The research and the practical applications by SAMI are expected to play a major role in creating a local market for Queensland end-of-life tyres and to point to a nationwide use that can make a major impact on the annual end-of-life tyre challenge.
A detailed story on the Sami Bitumen Technologies crumbed rubber work can be found on the Roads and Infrastructure online magazine at:
Sustainable modern solutions for age-old engineering tasks
Old truck tyres being used to shore-up difficult construction sites may not initially present as a natural link.
Yet that is exactly what a TSA accredited recycler has been doing. Creating, amongst other solutions, cost effective and quick to construct retaining walls that address the engineering challenge of turning sloping sites into multiple flat levels and that can keep large bodies of soil in place.
Ecoflex Systems, based in central New South Wales, has been successfully employing recycled truck tyres as the central component of retaining walls that deliver greater stability than traditional construction plus offering a far longer operational life.
An E Wall, as Ecoflex names them, is constructed in an overlapping crib-like pattern. E Walls can be either gravity or reinforced soil retaining walls and consist of truck tyres that have had the sidewalls removed that are then filled with crushed rock.
In such applications, the E Walls deliver superior structural strength, particularly for high walls, whilst still retaining all the properties of more expensive and difficult to construct retaining walls. In addition, E walls allow for excellent drainage and even greater stability in unstable soil conditions. Of course, E Walls meet all Australian standards for retaining walls.
Other benefits of the Ecoflex Systems walls are the ability to be constructed in a modular fashion, allowing for far less site disruption, and to be covered in sprayed concrete, or other cosmetic facings, to fit in with the architectural requirements of the project. Further environmental benefit is derived from the walls being reusable, in new configurations, at the end of the life of a given site.
E Walls have been successfully installed at domestic and commercial sites and Ecoflex has used its patented recycled tyre construction technology in other applications, such as forming bases for road and rail in damp and unstable ground, certified crane platforms, hard stand areas, piling platforms, pavement sub-base stabilisation and for erosion protection in waterways, drains and spillways.
Ecoflex’s innovations have introduced new options for engineers. Options that can be even more effective in solving perennial construction challenges whilst addressing an important modern recycling need. Beneficial outcomes TSA is keen to promote through its ongoing market development program.
New walls creating opportunities
TSA accredited recycler, Lomwest Enterprises of Western Australia, has created a high-performance wall system, out of baled used tyres contained within highly stable concrete skins, that has applications including retaining walls, sound barriers, sea and blast walls, cyclone shelters and even race track impact barriers.
The modules for the flexible use wall system (called C4M) are manufactured off-site, allowing quick, easy and safe onsite construction. They can also have their outer surfaces architecturally modified to fit in with or enhance their environment.
Each C4M module contains 100 tightly baled used car tyres, sandwiched between precast panels and can be up to 2.4 metres in height. They also meet Australian and New Zealand stability, durability and relevant load standards, including for cyclone shelter construction and as fire rated partition walls.
Lomwest is just one of the many TSA accredited recyclers focused on developing, commercialising and promoting new uses for old tyres. The common feature of such new product development is a focus on creating better solutions for existing needs.
The TSA Market Development Fund is supporting a Curtin University independent assessment of the C4M walls. The objective being to fully quantify the benefits of the innovative wall system in a wide range of applications and therefore to expand the opportunities for beneficial use of end-of-life tyres.
TSA Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe noted “We are very pleased to be working with Lomwest and Curtin University on this exciting research. Developing the market for end-of-life tyres requires multiple outlets providing for a diverse range of applications. That includes a balance of refined-process powder and crumb using products and high-volume, low-process applications such as the C4M wall system."
New Tyre Stewardship Australia Board Member
A casual vacancy on the TSA Board has been filled by the Chief Financial Officer of Michelin Australia, Mr. David Lane.
David has been the Michelin CFO since 2011. His role encompasses the finance function of the organisation as well as the legal & risk management and corporate development domains.
David is an experienced senior finance professional with management and team leadership experience in five continents over 20+ years. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Green Tyre Project delivers impressive numbers and customers
The website specifically designed to educate consumers and drive them to use TSA accredited retailers has achieved some very impressive results in a relatively short time.
Launched in the second half of 2017 and promoted by a significant traditional and online media campaign, www.greentyreproject.com.au has, from the beginning of November 2017 to the end of March 2018, achieved nearly 540,000 site visits.
Even more encouraging is that more than 270,000 site visitors have viewed the purpose made, short explanatory videos and over 7,000 visitors have used the retailer search engine to find a TSA accredited supplier. That’s more than 1,400 tyre buyers per month specifically looking for their nearest TSA accredited tyre store.
The consumer site has also generated over 20,000 social media shares and the broader number of consumer views, of any element of the media campaign, now runs to over 19 million impressions.
TSA is continuing the focus on public education over the remainder of 2018 and accredited retailers can make the most of their advantage by ensuring that their accreditation is current and visible, both at their premises and in their promotional materials.
Two more names join the fully TSA accredited retail chains
Two more tyre retail groups have joined the burgeoning roster of fully TSA accredited tyre retail chains.
TYREPLUS and Tyres & More now have all their participating tyre stores accredited, or in the process of gaining accreditation. They join Beaurepaires, Bob Jane T-Marts, Bridgestone Select, Bridgestone Service Centres, Kmart Tyre & Auto Service, Michelin Service Centres and Tyrepower in covering their entire network, with Goodyear Autocare and Continental also rapidly progressing towards full participating store accreditation.
With the most recognisable brand names in tyre retailing participating in the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme consumers can choose retailers with confidence that their old tyres are being sustainably managed.
Toyota dealerships take the lead in supporting TSA's objectives
One of the most prominent Toyota dealerships in the country is leading the charge of car dealerships gaining TSA tyre retailer accreditation. This development sees additional players in the tyre supply chain committing themselves to sustainably managing their end-of-life tyres within the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.
Brighton Toyota, occupying pride of place on Melbourne's Nepean Highway, and their Mentone Toyota sister operation, have both become TSA accredited tyre suppliers.
Consistent with the Toyota focus on sustainability, the TSA accreditation is a recognition of the significant tyre supply and end-of-life tyre disposal role of retail car dealerships.
Welcoming the awarding of accreditation Brighton and Mentone Toyota General Manager, John Forbes, commented; "Toyota has always led the way in environmental initiatives, from being the leader in delivering hybrid powered motoring to ensuring the minimum environmental impact in every aspect of our operations, in production, in retail and in service."
"Gaining TSA Accreditation is a recognition of our focus on sustainability and a commitment to playing our part in addressing the environmental challenge posed by end-of-life tyres. We encourage other dealerships to come on-board and help the valuable work being done by TSA and its partners on creating opportunities from this previously intractable issue."
RACV becomes TSA Accredited
The roll-call of TSA accredited tyre retailers continues to grow with a steady stream of new accreditations each month. Now one of the nation’s largest motoring groups, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), has joined the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme by becoming a TSA accredited tyre retailer.
Serving over 2.1 million members throughout Victoria, RACV has a strong tradition of working towards environmental sustainability in all facets of its operations, products and services within the Mobility, Leisure and Insurance operations.
TSA accreditation means that RACV members who choose to utilise the RACV Mobile Tyres service can be assured that their end-of-life tyres will be managed sustainably, within the TSA scheme.
RACV is also promoting its participation in the TSA Scheme to its membership base through its online and print communications. With their considerable reach, RACV’s support of TSA is sure to inform even more consumers as to the benefits of only sourcing their tyres from TSA accredited retailers.
Old tyres used to create high-tech paving that can water trees
The University of Melbourne and Tasmanian company Merlin Site Services are researching the use of recycled tyre-derived products in the creation of urban paving that can, amongst other benefits, provide water to nearby trees.
Use of permeable pavement in urban storm-water management systems can help to increase groundwater recharge, reduce surface runoff, decrease the risk of flash flooding, help with treatment of storm-water, and prevent runoff pollution to connected water bodies.
A TSA funded research project is investigating the suitability of using up to 60% waste tyre products, such as crumb rubber, rubber granules and shredded tyre products, in permeable pavement applications as part of more comprehensive irrigation and storm-water management solutions for urban areas.
The research program involves both laboratory testing and field studies together with environmental impact and life cycle assessments.
The project is taking research findings into the field, through a pilot installation program, with the objective of providing the construction/civil works industry and local governments with the confidence to further increase the use of TDP as part of storm-water management in urban areas.
Tyre-derived products (TDP) can help to deliver enhanced pavement characteristics that are a very valuable ingredient in meeting a complex engineering challenge. According to TSA Market Development Manager, Liam O’Keefe, “the aim of TSA investment in this research is to support the use of a very high percentage of TDP (up to 60%) in permeable pavement products, providing another opportunity for sustainable management of end-of-life tyres to deliver new products and new jobs.”
TSA public education campaign takes to the roads
The TSA consumer education campaign’s momentum and consumer participation continues to build. With a significant media schedule, covering print, outdoor, radio, online and ambient media rolling out across the country during 2018.
All the consumer facing communication will drive additional traffic to the dedicated consumer webpage www.greentyreproject.com.au , which is proving to be very successful in both keeping consumer attention and offering the opportunity to search for their nearest TSA accredited tyre retailer.
With over 150,000 individual visits per month and in excess of 4,000 visitors having searched for retailers on the site or pledged to buy from accredited stores the consumer site is certain to be driving future business to scheme participants.
VicRoads commits to increased use of recycled tyre material
In a significant move relating to the development of a strong market for tyre-derived material, VicRoads has committed to increasing the use of the crumbed rubber material in new road construction in regional areas.
In the recently published Country Roads: Your insights, our action planning and strategy document, VicRoads recognised the community and environmental benefits to be gained by committing to use of recycled rubber in both asphalt mix and spray seal.
In addition, the Victorian roads authority is investing $1 million in R&D for new uses of recycled tyre-derived material.
According to the VicRoads strategy document, “Each year in Victoria almost 14 million tyres reach their end of life. If they are not reused, they are dumped or stockpiled. Across country Victoria over the next five years, our goal is to reuse one million tyres in road works annually and invest $1 million towards research to identify new opportunities to use recycled products.”
The commitment to improved environmental stewardship was a clear driver in the decision to increase the use of recycled material; “We will be much more sensitive to the environmental impacts of our projects, and have set a bold target to double the amount of tyre rubber we recycle in roads for a start”, the document states.
The moves from VicRoads are not only very encouraging in the Victorian context but also likely to influence thinking in other states, offering the potential for very significant increases in tyre- derived product used in the construction of the nation’s roads.
The Green Tyre Project launches with a rush of visits
The new consumer face of TSA has already generated more engagement with tyre buyers in a few weeks than for all the last 10 months. The Green Tyre Project www.greentyreproject.com.au was created to make the next step of the consumer engagement campaign both simple to understand and easy to participate in.
In just 21 days the new site, and it’s supporting campaign, have generated over 5 million impressions and close to 120,000 visitor sessions. Whilst stage one of the public campaign outlined the scope of the environmental challenge, to make the issue ‘live’ in the public's minds, the Green Tyre Project now speaks to consumers in easily relatable terms and seeks their commitment to only use TSA accredited tyre suppliers.
The new website was launched in mid-November, with the support of a comprehensive traditional and digital advertising campaign, using outdoor, print and radio, to clearly highlight the positive outcomes that new uses of end-of-life tyres can deliver.
Worthy of note is that the most popular function of the Green Tyre Project site has been the search for TSA accredited retailers, with over 1,300 enquiries.
The public campaign will run up to the holiday period and, after a brief pause, will continue to grow over 2018.
Industry Award for TSA's Jade Barnaby
Congratulations to TSA's Accreditation and Compliance Manager, Jade Barnaby, was named as the 2017 recipient of the Waste Management Association of Australia's Women in the Environment Award, at a dinner in Melbourne on December 7.
Jade was recognised for her current work with TSA and for her previous efforts, within Sustainability Victoria, during which time she helped launch both the Paintback and battery take-back programs. (At left - the TSA team with Jade Barnaby at centre)
Australian Tyre Buyers asked to Make a Pledge of Sustainability
Australian tyre buyers are beginning to pledge that they will only purchase from retailers who are ensuring sustainable management of used tyres.
That is the aim of the new consumer information website greentyreproject.com.au, just launched by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).
TSA began its public education campaign, over a year ago, with arresting images of the 56 million used tyres Australia generates each year superimposed over iconic Australian urban landscapes. Now the campaign is moving to a new phase of consumer engagement, seeking a commitment to play an important part in turning an environmental challenge into positive outcomes.
The initial response has been very encouraging with as steady flow of pledges, with one every two hours, since the site launched on Monday November 13.
The new site uses plain language, informative graphics and engaging animations to get the message across. After asking consumers to take a pledge to only deal with TSA accredited retailers, the site offers a simple retailer search function; allowing searches by location, postcode, state and even retailer name and can also conveniently send the list to their inbox.
The Green Tyre Project will be heavily promoted in billboard, press, online, magazine and radio campaign launching this month. The campaign will also show some of the exciting and innovative uses of recycled rubber including new products, incorporating recycled rubber, that were supported through the Tyre Stewardship Research Fund.
TSA partners with Planet Ark for National Recycling Week
TSA has become a Supporting Sponsor of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (NRW), running from November 13 to 19.
As one of the largest recycling education and behaviour change organisations, Planet Ark has, for 25 years, been educating Australians on better ways to live a sustainable life so that we can all enjoy our natural environment into the future. In fact, Planet Ark has been so successful that it has been rated in the top 5 most trusted brands for 6 years running.
National Recycling Week sees a slew of activities in communities, local councils, industry and media, all highlighting the continued vigilance required to ensure effective recycling and providing information and engagement for the broader community.
TSA has chosen to partner National Recycling Week as an adjunct to the increased public education campaign already underway and to introduce the new TSA consumer site, GreenTyreProject.com.au, to the widest possible audience.
With the theme for NRW 2017 being "What goes around: Why buying recycled matters." TSA's involvement fits perfectly with the core objective of developing valuable end-use markets for tyre-derived products.
As part of the Planet Ark NRW sponsorship all TSA participants and members are entitled to use the NRW logo in their communications.
Please share this on your social media pages and where possible on your website to help drive awareness of the program and the new TSA public website.
You can find out more about Planet Ark and National Recycling Week at planetark.org.
TSA backs important University of Melbourne research projects
TSA is helping to fund two significant research projects by The University of Melbourne that offer major potential to increase use of recycled rubber in building and civil works.
Lightweight, high-strength concrete construction
Samples of lightweight concrete building panels made with a mix of recycled rubber crumb
The University of Melbourne is investigating how using recycled tyres in lightweight concrete sandwich panels, and other prefabricated construction products, can offer construction and environmental benefits.
Research is being conducted into a new tyre rubber-modified panel system that can offer significant enhancements, compared to the traditional lightweight panels, including increased load bearing capacity and a much lower carbon footprint and lifecycle costs.
Tyre rubber has a potential to increase strength of lightweight concrete, compared to unmodified foam concrete, without a significant increase in weight. In addition, improved elasticity and damping properties have been reported for rubber-modified concrete.
In summary, the proposed project aims to utilise recycled tyres as a low-density aggregate in lightweight sandwich panels and conduct a detailed series of tests for durability and desired construction properties.
If successful, the research project can expand applications of the next generations of lightweight concrete in industrial and construction use where high-strength lightweight concrete is required.
The panel system is constructed using Portland cement, granulated recycled tyres, crumbed tyre rubber, and/or shredded tyres, and a thin galvanised high-strength steel casing.
This detailed testing will include the effect of different mixes of tyre-derived product on load-bearing properties as well as sound/thermal insulation and assessing the overall weight of panels. The test team will also conduct a comparative study between tyre rubber-modified lightweight panels and currently available conventional panel systems.
Permeable paving for storm water management
Test patches of paving including a control section, with variations of permeability, created with a high mix of crumbed rubber.
Use of permeable pavement in urban stormwater management systems has been an emerging topic in recent years. Permeable pavement systems increase groundwater recharge, reduce surface runoff, decrease the risk of flash flooding, help with treatment of stormwater, and prevent pollution of receiving water bodies through surface runoff.
The research project will investigate the suitability of using up to 60% waste tyre products mainly rubber granules and crumb in permeable pavement applications as a new stormwater management solution in urban areas. The comprehensive research program will involve laboratory testing, field studies and performance monitoring combined with numerical modellings, environmental impact assessment and life cycle assessment.
Its intent is for the research outcomes to provide the construction/civil works industry and local governments with much needed confidence, for further increase in the acceptance and use of TDP as part of a sustainable solution for stormwater management in urban areas.
TSA collaboration with University of Melbourne on these two research projects is an important part of efforts to find new and expanded markets for locally processed end-of-life tyres.
TSA 2018 Accreditation Stickers ready to be issued
A quick reminder that updated 2018 accreditation stickers now are now being issued.
For retailers, qualification for 2018 accreditation stickers is dependent on reporting on end-of-life tyre disposals using the TSA reporting platform at https://report.tyrestewardship.org.au.
All participants qualifying for 2018 accreditation stickers should expect to receive them, in the mail, by early December.
New TSA Video Tells the Story in 60 Seconds
A new video, created to introduce TSA to the attendees of the Australasian Fleet Management Association Awards, tells the story of who TSA is and what the organisation’s objectives are in a concise, just over 60 seconds.
Highlighting the scope of the EOLT management challenge, recognising all the key participating brands and pointing to beneficial uses for tyre-derived raw material, the video will give even those completely unaware of the issue a clear indication of what TSA is doing and how the ongoing challenges can be met. It also asks viewers to play their part by committing to use of only TSA accredited tyre suppliers and, if applicable, becoming TSA accredited themselves.
The new video can be seen on the TSA website home page and at:
As part of promoting your Tyre Stewardship Australia accreditation, please feel free to share the link to the new video on your website and social media pages.
Public and Industry Awareness Campaign Drives Web Traffic
A more than five-fold increase in visits to the TSA website, peaking at over 1,100 unique visits per day, was one clear outcome of the TSA public education campaign, which in July and August utilised major outdoor billboards across the state capitals as well as a Melbourne Maxitram.
TSA also increased its visibility at industry events, such as the Australian Asphalt and Paving Association (AAPA) conference and the Australian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE), with a new exhibition stand and a stronger message highlighting that Australia generates three end-of-life tyres every two seconds.
The increased TSA website traffic resulted in a direct increase in searches for accredited tyre retailers. An outcome that was both intended and necessary to progress the objective of driving business to accredited operators and underscoring the value of TSA accreditation.
As part of the organisation's increasing outreach to relevant industry groups, TSA participated and presented at the Australasian Fleet Management Association Awards night in Sydney, and at the Waste and Recycle Expo, in Perth, where Jade Barnaby (Accreditation and Compliance Manager) presented on how WA can 'Value Waste Tyres as a Resource'.
New Formula Crumb Rubber Binder Wins Innovation Award
The Australian Asphalt Pavement Association awarded its 2017 innovation award to a company that developed a new, more stable, crumb rubber bitumen mix that allows for a transport range of over 1,000km without spoiling. The increase in opportunities for use across large parts of regional Queensland are obvious.
SAMI Bitumen Technologies devised the new formulation, compliant with Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads specifications, to overcome the previous 300km limitation on the transport of the crumb rubber binder (CRB) before use. The result is that, from their Brisbane factory, the company can now offer the benefits of CRB for use on the Queensland rural road network, resulting in increased reseal life, lower cost, reduction of the use of polymers and increase in the use of tyre-derived material.
These developments have been significantly aided by the continued efforts of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Tyre Stewardship Australia to promote the beneficial use of crumb rubber in Australian roads.
The positive outcome builds on the strong roads research funding commitment that TSA has demonstrated over its initial 3 years. By motivating an increase in demand for tyre-derived products in road construction, TSA will continue to play an active role in delivering market outcomes for the recycling industry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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 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”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
EPA Victoria Tightens Waste Tyre Storage Regulations
April 2015 - PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
Following the consideration of comments on the and draft regulations, the , 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 . 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 email@example.com.