ACCC seeks views on tyre stew­ard­ship au­tho­ri­sa­tion

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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.”

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