Sustainability Victoria is working to grow the market for tyre-derived products and/or fuels and reduce used tyre stockpiles.
Better management of end of life tyres can reduce waste to landfill, eliminate environmental and health risks, and create viable market development opportunities.
At a national level Sustainability Victoria is collaborating with industry and other state governments to support the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme and is co-leading a National Market Development Strategy for Used Tyres with the Queensland Government and Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).
Other initiatives include:
Sustainability Victoria is also working closely with the EPA and the broader tyre industry to support the new regulatory framework for end of life tyres.
Responding to a recommendation from the Meeting of Environment Ministers, a Working Group, co-led by Sustainability Victoria and Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, in collaboration with New South Wales Environment Protection Authority, Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, and Tyre Stewardship Australia, was established to prepare the National Market Development Strategy for Used Tyres (the Strategy) for all Australian jurisdictions.
The Strategy presents a five-year approach to improve market conditions to better manage EOLTs and drive the growth of a domestic Tyre Derived Products (TDP) market.
Increasing recovery and demand for tyres through a stronger and diversified EOLT market will lead to fewer tyre stockpiles that pose fire and health threats to communities. The Strategy seeks to intervene and provide a consistent national approach to market development. This approach supports and aligns with TSA and the objectives of the National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.
The Strategy Vision is that ‘Australia has a strong and diverse market for recovery of EOLTs with profitable domestic outlets for TDPs that stimulates recovery and contributes to preventing stockpiling and illegal dumping’.
The Strategy aims to provide long-term directions for managing EOLTs and encouraging growth in TDPs. To achieve this the Strategy sets out five Strategic Objectives to be implemented over a five-year timeframe:
The Strategy presents a five-year approach to improve market conditions to better manage End-of-life Tyres and drive the growth of a domestic Tyre Derived Products (TDP) market.
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a key collaborative partner for Sustainability Victoria in developing sustainable tyre markets. TSA has been established 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.
Sustainability Victoria will work with Australian Tyres Recyclers Association (ATRA) to assist in the creation of new businesses and jobs through the realisation of cost-effective and environmentally sound recycling activities.
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