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.
The Tyre Stewardship Research Fund has already funded nine projects with a total value of over $1.2million. They include sole-funded initiatives, projects co-funded with other authorities and research bodies as well as the granting of a research scholarship.
The projects have ranged from crumbed rubber for use in asphalt, lining for storm water pavement, rail track ballast enhancement, use in lightweight concrete building panels, creating more stable mining explosives to the creation of totally new composite materials for steel reinforcement.
The successful round one projects have provided a strong initial mix of industry oriented ‘ready to go’ projects as well as future focused research projects.
With the second round, TSA wants to increase the focus on more industry-based projects that deliver solutions that can be implemented immediately or in the very near future. The clear objective remains to facilitate an increase in value-added use of tyre-derived raw material.
To help potential applicants, guidelines that outline TSA’s research funding processes are availablehere.
Australians discard over 51 million tyres per year, based on Equivalent Passenger Units.
Tyre Stewardship Australia is a state and federal government supported industry initiative established to improve the management of these tyres.
TSA Research Fund grants are allocated by a highly qualified TSA Research Advisory Committee. R&D funding is one of the three principal aims of the organisation, along with industry and public education and administering The Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme with its accompanying accreditation program.
To date over 1200 tyre retail outlets nationwide have become TSA accredited as have collectors and recyclers representing over 70% of the volume of end-of-life tyres collected in Australia each