So­lu­tion to Aus­tralia’s waste tyre prob­lem

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - SHEPPARTON CAR WEEKLY -

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.

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