Solution to Australia’s waste tyre problem
VACC’s tyre dealer members have welcomed the launch of the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme to address Australia’s waste tyre problem.
About 48 million tyres are disposed of nationally each year, of which only 16 per cent are recycled, with the majority going into landfill, stockpiles, or being exported or dumped.
The new initiative will develop sustainable uses for old tyres and reduce their environmental impact.
Launched by Environment Minister Greg Hunt, the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme will increase waste tyre recycling and develop new uses for end-of-life tyres.
In addition, new industries and new employment opportunities will be created while environmental harm caused by waste tyres will be reduced.
A successful recycling scheme could shred the tyre, remove the steel and textiles and grind the rubber into particles or ‘crumbs’.
‘‘VACC’s Victorian Tyre Dealer Association members, the VACC Environmental department and our national body, the Australian Motor Industry Federation have played a significant part in shaping this program and we welcome the official launch by Minister Hunt,’’ VACC executive director David Purchase said.
‘‘Attitudes have to change about waste tyres. They should be considered a valuable resource and instead of burying good quality rubber and valuable steel in the ground or shipping them overseas, we should be putting them to good use, for example, crumbed rubber can be used in sportsgrounds, playgrounds, pavements and roads,’’ Mr Purchase said.