Tyre Stewardship Australia accreditation means that your company is a certified member of the National Tyre Stewardship Scheme , administered by TSA. Accreditation comes with certain responsibilities and commitments, it is expected that once you are an accredited TSA Participant you shall meet these requirements. The most significant commitment is that your business is contributing to environmentally sound uses of end-of-life tyres in Australia.
Once you are TSA accredited you may communicate your participation in the Scheme (according to TSA Guidelines) as an accredited Participant. Accreditation requires ongoing reporting of tyre disposals, recycling and collection and provides for independent verification of environmentally responsible end-of-life tyre management through an auditing program.
TSA accreditation means that the public have an awareness of your commitment to the environment and through this can have certainty that your business is contributing to the sustainable outcome for end-of-life tyres.
Verification is carried out when TSA assesses an application for Participant status and continues after Participant status is awarded. For collectors and recyclers, this may also require that a site audit be undertaken prior to accreditation.
As required, TSA contacts businesses or organisations that are named in applications to verify the information provided in the application. Thereafter, on a regular basis, TSA liaises with businesses or organisations named in the applications to ensure that the arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life tyres are still in place. If verification checks prove arrangements are not in place, TSA will contact the Participant to seek an explanation. If the explanation is not satisfactory, then Participant status and benefits may be revoked by TSA.
Participants should inform TSA of any changes to arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life tyres at the earliest opportunity. This is to ensure that information about participants held by TSA remains current.
The short answer is it depends. For retailers the process usually takes between 4- 6 weeks, whereas for Recyclers and Collectors, due to the more detailed investigation and verification required (see above), it may take 6 – 8 weeks.
All accreditation applications are reviewed by the TSA Accreditation Committee and approved by the TSA Board. Therefore, final accreditation is subject to Board approval and the timing largely depends on meeting scheduling.
promote the scheme to the community, other businesses and organisations, including using the Scheme’s branding and logo and adhere to conditions that apply to that use.
Further, all participants in the Scheme are required to commit to contribute to:
the environmentally sound use of end of life tyres;
elimination of the inappropriate export of baled tyres from Australia and the elimination of the illegal dumping of end of life tyres within Australia;
elimination of the 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).
Demonstrating environmental responsibility is an important part of brand positioning in a competitive market. Participation in the Federal Government supported and ACCC authorised Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme allows companies in the tyre supply chain to meet their environmental responsibility relating to end- of-life tyres.