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.
According to TSA CEO, Matt Genever; “The tyre industry as a whole has a long way to go and the markings of poor practice remain evident today. Our approach is one of utilising a number of different mechanisms to improve performance. The audit and compliance work represent the ‘stick’, with the ‘carrot’ being the business opportunities opened up by the various accredited entities along the tyre supply-to-recycling chain working with each other; let alone the public recognition for doing the right thing.“
TSA ‘s first step has appointed qualified external auditors, who will deliver site compliance and risk based audits. The next step is to appoint an internal resource to manage and drive accreditation, audit and compliance within the scheme. In addition TSA is developing an education and engagement strategy targeting industry awareness and effective interaction with, regulators, peak associations and governments.