Dumped tyres pose risk

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Ur­gent ac­tion needs to be taken to ad­dress the tyre stock­pile at the land­fill site in South Hed­land, ac­cord­ing to Tyre­cy­cle chief ex­ec­u­tive Jim Fairweather.

His com­ments come amid con­cerns end-of-life tyres could cre­ate health, fire and en­vi­ron­men­tal risks.

Town of Port Hed­land mayor Camilo Blanco said the author­ity was aware of the risks posed by the stock­pile of tyres at the South Hed­land land­fill and has started the process of plan­ning their re­moval.

“The Town of Port Hed­land has al­lo­cated $1.5 mil­lion in its 2017 -2018 bud­get and has com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional $1.5 mil­lion in 2018 -2019 to work to­wards rec­ti­fy­ing the is­sues posed by the tyres,” he said.

But Mr Fairweather said the South Hed­land land­fill site was among other sites in Aus­tralia which re­quired ur­gent at­ten­tion ahead of sum­mer.

“The South Hed­land land­fill houses 20,000 tonnes of tyres and as we head into the warmer months, the risk this moun­tain of waste cre­ates grows ex­po­nen­tially,” he said.

Over the past two months, 9500 tonnes of tyres were re­moved from a huge dump­ing site on the out­skirts of Vic­to­ria in the town of Stawell.

“The Stawell site has been com­pletely trans­formed in a mat­ter of weeks, giv­ing peace of mind to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and driv­ing pos­i­tive out­comes for the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Some of the re­cy­cled ma­te­rial is be­ing used in a range of road, sport­ing or build­ing prod­ucts, and the rest has been con­verted to tyre-de­rived fuel.”

Mr Fairweather said WA needed to keep in line with other States to drive pos­i­tive out­comes for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Picture: Tyre­cy­cle

Tyre­cy­cle chief ex­ec­u­tive Jim Fairweather says the tyres at the land­fill is­sue needs ad­dress­ing.

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