Bridge­stone joins Tyre Stew­ard­ship Aus­tralia

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - TYRES -

TYRE Stew­ard­ship Aus­tralia, the in­dus­try ini­tia­tive cre­ated to deal with the 48 mil­lion end-of-life tyres cre­ated in Aus­tralia ev­ery year, now has the sup­port of the tyre in­dus­try leader in Aus­tralia and New Zealand and the world's num­ber one tyre brand. In Jan­uary, Bridge­stone Aus­tralia an­nounced it had of­fi­cially joined the TSA, with a spe­cial event at Bridge­stone's Bandag man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in the Bris­bane sub­urb of Wa­col. The event was at­tended by Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for the En­vi­ron­ment Bob Bald­win, TSA chair­man Gerry Morvell and Bridge­stone Aus­tralia man­ag­ing direc­tor Andrew Mof­fatt. Mr Mof­fatt said the de­ci­sion to join TSA was a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of Bridge­stone's com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment. “At Bridge­stone, we take a multi-faceted ap­proach to en­sur­ing we do every­thing we can to lower our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Mof­fatt said. “This in­cludes our fuel-sav­ing low rolling resistance Ecopia tech­nol­ogy, which low­ers emis­sions and is be­ing pro­gres­sively in­tro­duced across our pas­sen­ger car, 4WD and truck tyre ranges, our Bandag re­tread process, which en­sures tyre cas­ings are reused rather than wasted, and our com­mit­ment to use only au­tho­rised tyre re­cy­clers through­out our dealer net­work,” he said. “We be­lieve we are lead­ing by ex­am­ple, and see TSA as a very im­por­tant ve­hi­cle in help­ing ed­u­cate the con­sumer and bring na­tional fo­cus and real so­lu­tions to the crit­i­cal is­sue of waste tyres in Aus­tralia.” TSA chair­man Gerry Morvell said it was a very pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment. “Of the ap­prox­i­mately 48 mil­lion end-of-life tyres cre­ated an­nu­ally in Aus­tralia, only 16 per cent are cur­rently re­cy­cled. The rest are dis­posed to land­fill, stock­piled, il­le­gally dumped or ex­ported over­seas,” Mr Morvell said. “We wel­come Bridge­stone to TSA. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion will add to the con­sid­er­able strength of this co­op­er­a­tive in­dus­try en­deav­our and will help ad­dress the phys­i­cal man­age­ment of end-of-life tyres.” “We are con­fi­dent that Bridge­stone will also play a ma­jor role in gain­ing pub­lic recog­ni­tion and sup­port for the in­dus­try's ef­forts to ad­dress this en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenge.” The Tyre Stew­ard­ship Scheme will pro­vide transparency on the fate of end-of-life tyres with the aim to de­velop both in­dus­try and con­sumer recog­ni­tion of sus­tain­able treat­ment of such tyres and to weed out un­sus­tain­able be­hav­iour. • De­tails: www.tyrestew­ard­ship.org.au

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