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.
Bob Jane T-Marts joins Tyrepower, Beaurepaires, Bridgestone Service Centres and Bridgestone Select stores, K Mart Tyre & Auto Service, Goodyear Auto Centres, Tyres & More, TyrePlus and Continental retail outlets in achieving TSA Accreditation.
Now, with over 1,000 TSA accredited retail outlets in Australia, consumers can be assured that there will be a local tyre retailer committed to sustainable management of end-of-life tyres.
Welcoming Bob Jane T-Marts, TSA Chairman, Gerry Morvell, said; “It is very satisfying that from a standing start, only two years ago, TSA can now claim that a majority of tyre retail outlets have joined our Product Stewardship Scheme. We are always pleased when a major retail chain decides to participate and, of course, it is particularly gratifying when such a well know Australian brand name becomes accredited.”
Bob Jane T-Marts CEO, Rodney Jane, expressed his satisfaction at having become a TSA accredited member; “We want to see the responsible disposal of tyres which have reached the end of their life on the road; as well as the recycling of these valuable resources into a new life,” said Mr. Jane.
Tyre Stewardship Australia is a Federal and State Government supported industry cooperative initiative to address the challenge of end-of-life tyres. Industry members, Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama have combined their efforts to deliver, through TSA, an accreditation scheme, consumer and industry education and funding for research and development into future commercial uses for recycled tyres.
In addition to over 1,000 tyre retail outlets being TSA Accredited, end-of-life tyre collectors and recyclers, representing over 70% of the market, are also accredited. TSA has recently allocated over $1.5 Million in research and development funds for projects to increase the use of tyre-derived material.
Australians generate over 51 million end-of-life tyres each year; only a small proportion is currently recycled. TSA and its members are convinced that there is potential to turn this challenge into opportunities and jobs.