comply with relevant laws and practices, including those that apply to the environment and occupational health and safety; and
co-operate with surveys that are undertaken from time to time, and with random or risk based audits as instigated by TSA. This includes retaining and, on request, providing to TSA the documentation specified in the relevant guidance on documentation in these Guidelines.
2. All Participants in the Tyre Stewardship Scheme also commit to contribute to:
the environmentally sound use of end-of-life tyres;
elimination of the inappropriate export of baled tyres from Australia;
elimination of the illegal dumping of end-of-life tyres;
elimination of disposal of end-of-life tyres to landfill (except where no viable alternative is available and subject to state and territory legislation; for example, in rural and remote areas where appropriate recycling facilities are not available, or transportation costs are prohibitive).
In addition to the general commitments set out above, fleet operators, including government, commit to:
a) take responsibility for the environmentally sound use of the end-of-life tyres they generate
b) deal only with collectors and recyclers accredited by TSA as Participants in the scheme when disposing of end-of-life tyres
when dealing with a non-accredited collector, ensure contractual arrangements specify that all end-of-life tyres are provided to an accredited tyre recycler for environmentally sound use.
c) undertake regular reviews of arrangements with collectors and recyclers.
Guidance on Meeting the Commitments
All end-of-life tyres to go to environmentally sound use
Before being approved by TSA to join the scheme, fleet operators need to demonstrate they have arrangements in place that ensure all end-of-life tyres generated by their fleets will go to an environmentally sound use.
Fleet operators must retain copies of all dockets/receipts from collectors and recyclers for TSA auditing purposes, including where the Standard Scheme Docket is used.
Use of the Standard Scheme Docket does not replace any obligation to complete a waste tracking certificate when required by state and territory environment agencies.
Importers of tyres
Fleet operators that import tyres above the threshold are also required to apply for status in the category of Tyre Importers and Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers.
Additional advice for fleet operators contracting with non-accredited collectors
Accredited fleet operators are responsible for ensuring end-of-life tyres are provided to an accredited tyre recycler for environmentally sound use. Where this is found not to occur the fleet operator will be required to rectify the non-compliance. Fleet operators will need to ensure they hold all the required documentation identified under ‘Documentation’. Their contractual arrangements with the non-accredited collector will need to provide for this documentation.
Fleet operators may wish to use the standard scheme docket to meet their documentation requirements. However, where existing documentation meets the data requirements, or can be easily modified to do so, this is acceptable. Electronic systems that meet the data requirements are also acceptable.
The standard scheme docket is individually numbered and used for each consignment of end-of-life tyres that go from the fleet operator to the collector and to the recycler. It records the quantity of end-of-life tyres by type. It is designed to identify, and be signed by, the fleet operator, the collector and the recycler.
If fleet operators choose to use the standard scheme docket to meet their documentation requirements they should ensure their contractual arrangements with non-accredited collectors specify that:
the standard scheme docket is used;
the standard scheme docket is signed by the collector and fleet operator with copies retained by each;
the collector provides a copy of the signed standard scheme docket to the recycler who then signs it; a copy of the signed docket is returned to the fleet operator (possibly through the collector).
The TSA will review the option to contract with non-accredited collectors after one year. As part of this review the TSA will consider the situation of participants in areas where the availability of accredited collectors and recyclers is limited, which could be the case in some rural and remote areas.