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Backing the next big idea in tyre resource recovery

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is inviting innovators to help improve the recovery of large Off The Road (OTR) tyres once they reach end of life.

Around 120,000 tonnes of used OTR tyres are sent to landfill every year.

These tyres are used in some of Australia’s most important industries: mining, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and aviation. At end of life, less than 15 per cent of these tyres are recovered and then recycled for use as a new resource, the remainder are stockpiled, buried onsite or sent to landfill.

Currently, limited recycling capabilities in Australia make it difficult to find meaningful recovery and recycling solutions for OTR tyres. This is due to known barriers, including onsite disposal, their location in regional and remote areas and the challenges associated with their size.

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The Funding Opportunity

Tyre Stewardship Australia is inviting Australia’s brightest minds and enterprises to submit applications for funding and assistance to increase OTR tyre resource recovery and decrease the burden of waste for future generations. These funds can support practical commercial solutions in solving this challenge.

TSA encourages and will consider a range of models, project areas and proposals, as long as they can demonstrably contribute to reaching TSAs desired outcomes and objectives. Ideas may include but are not limited to:

  • solving the barrier of remote areas and the challenges associated with the tyre size
  • development of new technology and applications
  • creating new products, processes and markets
  • undertaking large scale trialing and real-world demonstrations

Think your idea might be worth funding?

Share your brief summary before lodging a complete application

Applications Close:
9:00pm 17 February 2023 AEST

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How To Apply

To apply for funding you must:

  • Complete the application form. Please see ‘Submit application’ below
  • Provide all information requested
  • Address criteria
  • Include necessary attachments
  • Submit your application by 9:00pm 17 February 2023 AEST
  • Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted
  • The shortlisted applications will present their ideas to a small panel via a virtual call

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Market Development Fund Guidelines

As additional background materials in preparing your pitch, click here for guidance on the types of applications that TSA will look upon favourably in the assessment of applications for the Fund.

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Frequently asked questions

TSA funds projects and research that align to the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme objectives which it administers and its strategic objectives, including:
• Creating new industries and jobs
• Increasing the circularity of used tyres
• Reaching for the best outcomes in the hierarchy of waste
• Reducing the environmental harm caused by the illegal dumping or stockpiling of used tyres

Individual grant applicants must be one of the following:
• individual business
• industry group and association.

Collaborative Partnership applicants must have:
A Lead Applicant, who can be a/an:
• individual business
• industry group and association
• consultant (assisting other businesses).

Ideas will be reviewed and shortlisted by the Tyre Stewardship Australia Research Advisory Committee. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to 'pitch' their idea to a panel of industry specialists and community representatives.
Initially all we need from you is to fill out a short online form summarising your idea. If your idea is shortlisted you will be required to complete a more formal application form.

More information and help

For questions or more information, please contact funding@tyrestewardship.org.au

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.