dealing transparently and ethically with others involved in the tyre supply chain, including consumers;
promote the scheme to the community, other businesses and organisations, including through the development and implementation of an individual Action Plan;
use the scheme’s branding and logo and adhere to the conditions that apply to that use, as set out in Part B of the Guidelines;
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, Local Governments commit to:
a) take responsibility for the environmentally sound use of the end-of-life tyres they generate through their own operations
b) deal only with collectors and recyclers accredited by TSA as Participants in the scheme when disposing of end-of-life tyres generated by their own fleets
where dealing with a non-accredited collector, ensure contractual arrangements specify that all end-of-life tyres generated by the local government fleet are provided to a an accredited tyre recycler for environmentally sound use, and
c) undertake regular reviews of arrangements with collectors and recyclers
It is acknowledged that in local government areas, solid waste is often managed at a regional level. The scheme allows for regional associations to apply on behalf of a number of local councils.
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, local governments 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.
Local governments 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.
Under the scheme, the commitments that apply to local governments are similar to the commitments for fleet operators. However, local governments should apply under their own category and should not apply under the category of fleet operators.
Additional advice for local governments contracting with non-accredited collectors
Accredited local governments 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 local government will be required to rectify the non-compliance. Local governments 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.
Local governments 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 local government 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 local government, the collector and the recycler.
If local governments 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 local government authority 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 local government authority (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 is limited, which could be the case in some rural and remote areas.
Roles of local government with end-of-life tyres
Local governments are encouraged to join the scheme as operators of vehicles and commit to take responsibility for the environmentally sound use of the end-of-life tyres they generate through their own operations.
Local governments are also acknowledged as legal landfill managers and often act as custodians of illegally dumped and stockpiled end-of-life tyres (see below). It is recognised that governments are moving away from landfill as a solution for end-of-life tyres.
This scheme is designed to help local governments by developing a market for end-of-life tyres so they are diverted from landfill.
Recognition of challenge of illegally dumped and stockpiled tyres
It is recognised that local government, and in some circumstances state/territory government, often assume responsibility for the clean-up of end-of-life tyres from stockpiles or illegal dumping in their jurisdictions.
It is expected that, over time, investment by TSA in the domestic markets for tyre derived products and research into other impediments to resource recovery and recycling will reduce the cost associated with appropriate handling of tyres that have been stockpiled or illegally dumped.
It is also recognised that there are circumstances whereby local, state and territory governments assume responsibility for the clean-up of end-of-life tyres in areas where no collection services are available.
As a Participant in the Scheme, a local government is required to make its best endeavours over time to ensure that all end-of-life tyres for which they take, or are required to take responsibility, are disposed in of in a way that represents environmentally sound use.