Building sustainable practice
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has recently rolled out its much anticipated new audit regime, to ensure full compliance by all Collectors and Recyclers, currently in the scheme. The regime includes risk based audits and annual compliance audits, with the first round to be completed by Christmas this year.
CEO Matt Genever said he is exceptionally pleased with how quickly and effectively the TSA has been able to roll out the full audit and compliance program, with assistance from third party ERM Consulting and a full time internal resource. These will give TSA the skills and scope to react appropriately to changes in the market.
Completing the first round of full compliance audits will give TSA a strong benchmark to build upon as they continue work with the industry to improve practices and behaviours over the coming years.
But this doesn’t mean TSA will not take appropriate action if non-compliance occurs. Mr. Genever confirmed that decisive action had recently been taken to enforce this position where serious non-compliance had been identified.
Rob Kelman, EO of the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA) expressed his support of the audit regime, outlining its importance to the continuation of the industry.
“It is a priority to ensure that the new federal (tyre) stewardship scheme is well run, represents the market well and doesn’t unfairly position poor operators”, Mr. Kelman said.
Mr. Kelman also said ATRA was keen to ensure all states and territories had good regulatory regimes and was heartened by growing consumer support for, and understanding of, the need to recycle tyres in Australia.
Established in 2003 to minimise the environmental impact of end-of-life tyres, ATRA and its members are now responsible for majority of Australia’s tyre recycling activity, and are independently audited for adherence to legal, safety and ethical standards.
Another area where TSA and ATRA are closely aligned is the need to further develop sustainable and real markets for tyre-derived products and TSA has already made a big leap forward with the release of Round 1 of the Tyre Stewardship Research Fund. This will see more than $1 million invested in projects to develop new local markets, which are currently limited.
“The tyre recycling industry in Australia continues to be constrained by the size of the local market for crumb rubber and rubber granule. Only by opening up new markets and seeing a considerable increase in demand will the industry reach its real potential”, said Mr Genever.
“This investment is the largest of its kind in Australia and will have a real impact on the industry”.
The National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme – of which Tyrecycle is a member – is an industry led scheme administered by TSA, which aims to increase resource recovery and recycling, as well as minimise the environmental, health and safety impacts of end-of-life tyres.