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.
Significant knowledge gaps still exist with more than one third of end-of-life truck tyres still remaining unaccounted for and the majority of off-the-road tyres (OTR), principally used in mining, believed to be disposed of on mining sites.
According to TSA CEO Matt Genever: “Local recycling creates economic activity and job opportunities and will help to insulate the Australian end-of-life tyre stream from external market shocks. The TSA Accreditation Scheme will play a major role in ensuring that sustainable management is at the top of industry’s awareness. It will allow us to track the flow of end-of-life tyres and fill in many of the gaps that even the comprehensive Hyder study could not clarify.”
“Participation in the Scheme is growing. Work to audit the compliance of the supply chain will be commencing soon as will significant investment in research and development. Market development takes time, it requires engagement from government, industry and the community. The role of TSA is to encourage such involvement.”
TSA will also be working with the trucking and mining industries to address the management of their end-of-life tyres. TSA will continue to devote energy and resources to work with other industries to find economically and environmentally beneficial outcomes.
“This report highlights that there is much work to be done and that positive outcomes can be realised. The momentum gained by TSA over the last 12 months proves that there is a willingness to seize that opportunity,” said Mr Genever.
Tyre Stewardship Australia was established by the nation’s leading tyre importers, with the support of Federal and State Governments, to establish an independent auditing regime tracing the management of end-of-life tyres, build industry and community education on sustainable tyre disposal and to help develop additional uses for tyre-derived products that can further build the economic value of the recovered raw materials.
The Scheme is funded by an ACCC authorised levy of 25 cents on new tyres and enjoys the support of key industry members, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear-Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama, with more members likely to join in the near future.
For further information please contact:
Silvio de Denaro, Communication Manager
Tyre Stewardship Australia
M: 0419 205 115
Media Relations Office
M: 0419 345 420