As a Participant in the Tyre Stewardship Scheme, your organisation supports the objectives of the Scheme to:
increase resource recovery and recycling and minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of end-of-life tyres generated in Australia, and
develop Australia’s tyre recycling industry and markets for tyre derived products.
1. Your organisation commits to:
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 the 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, Miners commit to:
contribute funding to support the administration and activities of TSA, in particular funding to improve the logistics and technology required to recycle end-of-life tyres generated by miners
provide data to TSA on the types and numbers imported in each reporting period promote participation in the scheme to businesses and other organisations, including those they engage to collect or recycle end-of-life tyres
make best endeavours over time to ensure that all end-of-life tyres for which they take, or are required to take responsibility, are dealt with in a way that represents environmentally sound use.
Data and Reporting Requirements
Miners must submit their reports to TSA quarterly (see schedule below).
1 January to 31 March
1 April to 30 June
1 July to 30 September
1 October 31 December
Miners must report the types and numbers of tyres imported in each reporting period.
Reporting can be in EPUs or by weight.
The following format is a suggestion to illustrate the data to be reported.
Alternative formats, including electronic submission are acceptable.
Truck small (17.5” & 19.5”)
Truck large (20” & 22.5”)
Small Specialty/Ag (skid steer, forklift 8”-15”, front tractor & backhoe 15” to 18”)
Medium Specialty/Ag (20” – 30”)
Large Specialty Ag (32” and above)
Small Earthmover (24” – 25”)
Medium Earthmover (29” – 35”)
Large Earthmover (above 35”)
Recognition of challenge of mining tyres in rural and remote locations
It is recognised that mining operations in rural and remote areas where appropriate recycling facilities are not available, or transportation costs are prohibitive, often use landfill as there is no viable alternative available. It is lawful for miners to landfill their end-of-life tyres on site and according to legislation.
There are geographic barriers to recycling off the road tyres (OTR) in Australia and a need for specialised recycling equipment. Action is needed to stimulate markets for tyre derived products. Investment in OTR tyre recycling and resource recovery research and development will be guided by a dedicated working group of TSA. In addition, a minimum of 75% of funds contributed to TSA from the mining industry will go to facilitating the achievement of the scheme's objectives for the mining sector.
It is expected that, over time, investment by TSA in markets for tyre derived products and research into other specific impediments will reduce the costs associated with resource recovery and recycling of rural and remote mining tyres.
As participants in the scheme, miners are required to make 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.
Safety and handling of mining tyres
OTR tyres used by the minerals industry can weigh up to 3.8 tonnes. The handling of these very large tyres poses significant safety hazards. Management of these risks is a key mining industry concern. Due to the large nature of these tyres, specialist handling equipment and professionals are required.
These aspects must be taken into account when considering ways to increase OTR tyre recycling and resource recovery.
Guidance on Meeting the Commitments
The amount of funding to be contributed by a participant in this category will depend on the number of EPUs imported by the participant.
Contributions will be based on a levy of 25 cents per EPU (see Appendix 1 for EPU ratios for reporting by tyre importers, vehicle manufacturers and miners).
The EPU ratio for larger tyres will be capped at 400 EPU.
Participants in this category must retain and, on request, provide to TSA all records and statements necessary for TSA to verify their tyre imports.