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 Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme 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, Retailers commit to:
a) Take responsibility for the environmentally sound use of end-of-life tyres left with retailers when consumers purchase tyres.
b) Deal only with collectors and recyclers accredited by TSA as Participants in the scheme when disposing of end-of-life tyres.
where dealing with a non-accredited collector, ensure all contractual arrangements specify that all end-of-life tyres are provided to an accredited tyre recycler for environmentally sound use.
processed and sold or otherwise provided for an environmentally sound use.
c) Provide data to TSA on the type and number of tyre EPU provided to tyre collectors and/or recyclers for the specified reporting period.
d) deal ethically and transparently with consumers, specifically in relation to the fees and charges associated with the environmentally sound use of end-of-life tyres, and
e) 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, Retailers need to demonstrate they have arrangements in place that ensure all end-of-life tyres that consumers leave with the retailer will go to an environmentally sound use.
Claims about recycling end-of-life tyres
Retailers who are Participants in the Scheme are in a position to substantiate any claims they make about dealing with end-of-life tyres responsibly, i.e. disposing of them so that they go to an environmentally sound use.
Where a recycling fee is charged separately to consumers, advice that explains how the fee is used in relation to the costs associated with the environmentally sound use of the end-of-life tyres must be provided to consumers – for example, a poster at the point of sale.
Where the recycling fee is included in the tyre price to consumers, advice that the recycling fee has been included and that the fee is used in relation to the costs associated with the environmentally sound use of the end-of-life tyres must be provided to consumers – for example, a poster at the point of sale.
Retailers must retain copies of all dockets/receipts from collectors and recyclers for TSA auditing purposes, including where the Standard Scheme Docket is used (see Appendix 16 of the Guidelines).
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
Retailers that import tyres are also required to apply for status in the category of Tyre Importers and Vehicle Manufacturers and Importers.
Additional advice for retailers contracting with non-accredited collectors
Accredited retailers 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 retailer will be required to rectify the non-compliance.
Retailers will need to ensure they hold all the required documentation identified under ‘Documentation’ above. Their contractual arrangements with the non-accredited collector will need to provide for this documentation.
Retailers 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 retailer 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 retailer, collector and the recycler.
If retailers 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 and is signed by the collector and retailer 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 retailer (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.