The mission of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme is to reduce the volume of end-of-life tyres currently being disposed of in an environmentally damaging way e.g. landfill, illegal dumping or undesirable export.
The outcome is to increase the recycling rate of used tyres through the promotion of various other economic uses. In 2009-10, only 16 per cent of end-of-life tyres in Australia were recycled.
The immediate aim of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme – administered by the TSA – is to increase the recycling rate to 50 per cent over five years.
The objectives of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme are to:
- increase resource recovery and recycling and minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of end-of-life tyres generated in Australia
- develop Australia’s tyre recycling industry and markets for tyre derived products
- educate both the industry and the community on sustainable end-of-life tyre management
The objectives of the scheme will be achieved through industry participation at all levels of the tyre supply chain and government support. The ACCC authorisation of a small levy on the sale of new tyres and the broad industry participation in the scheme will ensure the viability of both the scheme and the economic foundation providing encouragement for new uses of recycled end-of-life tyres.
Please visit: www.tyrestewardship.org.au for more information.