Rubber recovery in Victoria

In 2015–16 the amount of rubber waste recovered for reprocessing in Victoria was 54,000 tonnes, a decrease of 23 per cent from 2014–15 (15,000 tonnes) and following an 11 per cent decrease in 2013–14. This declining trend over the last two years is likely attributable to the slump in oil price during this period, making the reprocessing of tyres into tyre derived fuel, less competitive than oil. The amount of rubber waste exported subsequently declined from 54,000 tonnes in 2014–15 to 22,000 tonnes in 2015–16.

Of the total rubber waste recovered in 2015–16 (compared to 2014–15):

  • rubber tyres accounted for 83 per cent, a decrease of less than 1 per cent to 44,000 tonnes
  • other rubber waste, including tyre buffings, tread ends, uncured rubber and extrusion waste accounted for 17 per cent, a 63 per cent decrease to 9,000 tonnes.

Composition of rubber recovered for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

Pie chart from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

In 2015–16, C&I contributed to the majority of total rubber recovery for reprocessing (98 per cent), with C&D and MSW contributing just one per cent each. This proportion has remained largely unchanged over the last ten years. As tyres for reprocessing are collected primarily through retailers, it is impossible to gauge the true quantities sourced from MSW by surveying reprocessors alone. 

Source sectors of rubber received for reprocessing (by weight), Victoria 2015–16

Pie chart from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

The graph below illustrates that long-term growth in rubber recovery reversed course and began to decline in 2014–15. Since collection of data for the VRIAR began, Victoria has established a ban on tyres disposed to landfill, as well as requesting an EPA works approval license to operate tyre storage facilities in Victoria storing more than 5,000 equivalent passenger units (EPU) or 40 tonnes of waste tyres. 

Rubber waste recovered for reprocessing, Victoria 2006–07 to 2015–16

Graph from the Victorian Recycling Industry Annual Report 2015-16

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