Tyre Stewardship Australia undertakes industry development work across the tyre supply chain. From time to time, TSA may release elements of this work for industry consultation to ensure that we are considering the needs of industry participants. At present we are developing a series of Best Practice Guidelines to provide greater support for tyre collectors and recyclers in key areas of concern.
The Best Practice Guidelines for Tyre Storage and Fire and Emergency Preparedness is currently being finalised, therefore consultation is now closed.
The Tyre Storage Guidelines have been developed to provide tyre collectors and recyclers with a roadmap to comply with the regulations and requirements relevant to tyre storage and move towards best practice methods for storage and fire and emergency preparation.
The guideline presents the Essential Requirements which have been deemed to comply with regulatory requirements across each Australian jurisdiction (those applicable at the time of publication being Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland), however implementation of these Essential Requirements should be undertaken with reference to the regulations and guidelines applicable to your state or territory (see Section 7 for a list of resources). The guideline also presents best practice methods to help businesses reduce risks and be best prepared for fire/emergencies, as far as practicable.
This guideline focusses mainly on the needs of tyre collectors and recyclers, as these businesses tend to store greater quantities of tyres and hence carry more risk; however the guideline may be used by any business which stores a significant amount of tyres on a temporary basis. Whilst the long term storage of end-of-life tyres is not supported by TSA, these Guidelines will have application for those organisations that may be managing or monitoring legacy stockpile sites.
Consultation on the DSV Guidelines has now closed.
According to the most recent industry data, more than 30% of all end-of-life tyres generated in Australia are exported for use as either tyre-derived fuel (TDF) or for recycling into crumb rubber and rubber granules. However, there are limited controls on the export of this material and to date little has been done to ensure that the material exported is being treated in an environmentally sustainable manner at its final destination.
The National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme permits the export of tyres from Australia on the proviso that suitable evidence can be provided to assure TSA that the material is going to an environmentally sound end use as defined in the Scheme Guidelines. In order to support participants in the Scheme, TSA seeks to ensure that those exporting end-of-life tyres from Australia have clear guidance regarding the type of evidence required.
To that end, TSA has recently engaged Equilibrium Consulting to develop a Best Practice Guideline for Downstream Vendor Selection and Verification (referred to as the "DSV Guidelines"). Effectively, the DSV Guidelines have been developed to assist participants in the Scheme and other interested parties in ensuring that end-of-life tyres being exported from Australia (for example as tyre-derived fuel or TDF) are going to an environmentally sound end use as is required under the Scheme.
It is essential that the DSV Guidelines reflect current industry conditions and that the requirements within the document are both rigorous but also achievable. TSA is therefore seeking comment from all and any interested parties across industry and government.