TSA has today released two reports which provide best practice engagement principles for use by industry, government and...
29 June 2023
This is a clear set of principles for OTR rubber resource recovery which recognises and accounts for the needs and expectations of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs).
The recovery of OTR rubber products – such as tyres, conveyor belts and tracks – represents significant opportunities for regional, rural and remote communities to reduce environmental risks for future generations and create new markets, commercial enterprises and jobs.
Tyres and other OTR rubber products predominantly end their life in regional, rural and remote Australia. Only about 10% are recovered whilst about 90% are disposed of onsite, in stockpiles or landfill, often co-located in areas of significance to IPLCs across Australia. Around 80% of this waste is generated by mining and 10% by agriculture.
TSA CEO, Lina Goodman, explains: “Our research shows that, if we are to leverage the very-real rewards of OTR rubber resource recovery in regional, rural and remote Australia, we must have collaboration between OTR rubber product users and IPLCs.
“Not just box-ticking, but real collaboration that recognises and accounts for historic, existing and future issues, perceptions and points of sensitivity for those communities. We cannot move forward without this.
“The challenge is where to start. Although there are countless guides and frameworks out there which offer principles for IPLC engagement, there is no single solution or template for OTR product stakeholders that is right for every situation in every community.
“Our goal with this research was to create a clear, practical starting point and pathway forward for OTR rubber product users and IPLCs to work together in resource recovery, in a way that recognises the ‘unique’ attributes of their local community and enables principled and appropriate engagement.”
The research, commissioned by TSA and conducted by Resource Equity (RE) and RMIT University (RMIT), connects global, national and local findings in two companion reports:
The reports are free for use by all OTR rubber product stakeholders, including:
The reports are part of the TSA ‘OTR Project’, funded by the Australian Government’s National Product Stewardship Investment Fund and TSA, which provides a pathway forward for Australia to realise the benefits of OTR resource recovery, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas.
The reports can be found here.
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Background on Tyre Stewardship Australia
Australia’s tyre product steward was established in 2014 to implement the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme (TPSS) – an ACCC-authorised industry framework to reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million Equivalent Passenger Units (EPUs) which reach their end of life in Australia each year.
TSA’s vision is of a circular economy for end-of-life (EOL) tyres that contribute to a sustainable society.
It works all along the tyre supply chain to minimise waste and increase value for government, industry, businesses and consumers, by: