Zero waste tyres to landfill in new Tassie partnership
A landmark partnership between leading horticultural company, Barwicks and Australia’s oldest and largest recycler of waste tyres, Tyrecycle, aims to transform Tasmania’s response to waste tyre issues.
Tasmania is home to one of the largest stockpiles of tyres in Australia at Longford — a situation aggravated by a lack of genuine tyre recycling options.
The new agreement started in August 2016 and focuses on delivering an industry-led zero waste to landfill solution.
“It will ensure the most environmentally sound approach to recycling, with no waste tyres collected from our retail customers in Tasmania going to landfill or stockpiles,” said Tyrecycle CEO, Jim Fairweather.
“It gives retailers a genuine choice for supporting positive environmental outcomes and we’re delighted that most of the major retailers are on board,” he said.
Barwicks has invested $1.5 million in developing a purpose-built facility at Bridgewater on the outskirts of Hobart. Barwicks collects the waste tyres on behalf of Tyrecycle, undertaking primary shredding of the rubber material at its new Tyre Recycling Centre.
The material is then transported to Tyrecycle’s leading processing plant in Melbourne, where it is re-purposed for use as an alternative fuel in civil engineering materials, building and automotive products and other rubber surfaces.
At the time of printing, 215 tonnes or 25,294 Equivalent Passenger Units had been received at Tyrecycle Melbourne for further processing.
Tyrecycle receives 13.5 million tyres annually and the majority of those are processed within 24 hours of reaching one of its facilities.
Tyronn Barwick, from Barwicks Landscape Supplies says the new venture brings enormous benefits to Tasmania.
“This partnership delivers a great solution for everyone —it sees investment in Tasmania but draws upon the expertise of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded tyre recycler,” said Mr Barwick.
“To be able to contribute to the long-term recycling and reuse of waste tyre products, while providing local jobs and much needed economic development, is a win-win,” he said. The new facility is large enough to deal with all of Tasmania’s approximately 450,000 endof-life tyres per annum and can be expanded to meet demand if needed.
Mr Fairweather said he hopes Tasmanians will support retailers who are doing the right thing with the recycling of their tyres, which will ultimately see less tyres stockpiled or sent to landfill.