ACCC seeks views on tyre stewardship authorisation
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is developing a more rigorous accreditation process for participants in its Tyre Stewardship scheme, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking submissions on the plan.
The scheme aims to increase both the recycling of tyres, including truck tyres, and the use of products made from the recycled material in Australia. TSA has collected a levy from participating tyre importers since it started in 2013, directing $2 million of that into market research for new product development.
Aside from changing the accreditation process, TSA is also reviewing its monitoring of industry participants and considering a verification process to track the destination of tyres exported overseas. With recycling one of the problems of the moment due to China’s global waste import ban, the ACCC is considering authorising TSA to continue the scheme for another six years – and has given it permission to continue in the meantime.
ACCC commissioner Roger Featherston says the commission believes the scheme will help reduce tyres being disposed of in landfill, illegally dumped or exported overseas for fuel.
“We’re satisfied the voluntary scheme is unlikely to result in any significant public detriment because the industry levy, at 25 cents per tyre, represents a very small portion of the total retail price of tyres,” he says.
“Although there were some delays in getting the scheme started, we can see it is now gathering momentum … we expect it to continue working with stakeholders in the tyre supply chain and government to make further improvements, including expanding its membership.”