Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has been established by tyre importers to administer a national tyre product stewardship scheme. Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, launched TSA on behalf of the tyre industry on 20 January 2014.
Every year in Australia around 48 million tyres reach their end of life. At the moment most old tyres are
land-filled, stockpiled, exported or illegally dumped. This poses serious health and environmental risks.
Through the scheme, TSA aims to increase domestic tyre recycling, expand the market for tyre-derived products and reduce the number of Australian end-of-life tyres that are sent to landfill, exported as baled tyres or illegally dumped. TSA will be responsible for administering the scheme and conducting education, communication and market development activities.
Any stakeholder in the tyre supply chain, including tyre and vehicle importers, retailers, fleet operators, local governments, collectors, recyclers and the mining industry, may apply to become a participant in the voluntary scheme. Participants commit to play their part in ensuring end-of-life tyres go to an environmentally sound use.
The scheme will impose a levy on participating tyre importers to fund the operation of the scheme, including for market development and research. The levy will not directly fund the collection and recycling of end-of-life tyres. The collection and recycling costs associated with ensuring end-of-life tyres go to an environmentally sound use are likely to be passed on to consumers at around the same level as disposal charges that are paid by many tyre consumers now.
Major type importers Continental, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama have provided the initial funding to get the scheme started.
More information is available here.