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Kmart Tyre & Auto Service and Tyrecycle: a river that runs deep

Nov 2016

A real commitment to the community and the environment forms the foundation of a strong business relationship between Kmart Tyre & Auto Service and Tyrecycle.

“We believe in action, not just words and that’s why we’re committed to our partnership with Tyrecycle,” said Kmart Tyre & Auto Service Managing Director, Adam Pay. 

Tyrecycle collects end-of-life tyres from all Kmart Tyre & Auto Service locations across the nation.

The relationship commenced in 2001, and since that time, Kmart Tyre & Auto Service has sent almost 8 million tyres for recycling, from across Australia.

That’s 7,921,934 tyres from all states that have been collected by Tyrecycle, which has had a dramatic effect on the number of tyres entering waste streams or landfill.

It’s not only tyres that Kmart Tyre & Auto Service recycles, Tyrecycle also collects all ancillary waste, including batteries, oil filters and wheel weights.
In total, by utilising the additional services offered by Tyrecycle, 6,649 tonnes of waste other than rubber/tyres has been diverted from landfill. 

Both businesses are members of Tyre Stewardship Australia, a voluntary scheme which promotes the development of viable markets for end-of-life tyres. 

“Our membership of TSA is just another example of our commitment to human health and the environment,” said Adam Pay. 

Together, Kmart Tyre & Auto Service and Tyrecycle were instrumental in the development and successful implementation of the New South Wales Environment Protection Agency’s WasteLocateTM program.

WasteLocateTM is an online tool, which helps tyre retailers, transporters and recycling facilities meet their reporting obligations with regard to the movement and storage of end-of-life tyres. 

“Tyre stockpiles are dangerous; they are a fire risk and create a perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes,” said Tyrecycle CEO, Jim Fairweather. 

“Both Tyrecycle and Kmart Tyre & Auto Service strongly believe in protecting the environment. We take our social responsibility seriously and by removing tyres from stockpiles we are helping to stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases,” he said. 

“WasteLocateTM is another tool to assist in ensuring tyres are disposed of correctly for recycling into new products,” said Adam Pay.

Recently Kmart Tyre & Auto Service was one of the retailers supportive in addressing one of the biggest environmental issues in Tasmania – the stockpiling of approximately 1.3 million end-of-life tyres. 

“We wanted to see our tyres appropriately collected and processed in Tasmania. We aligned our efforts to the solution offered by Tyrecycle and Barwick’s and the problem is now being appropriately addressed,” he said.