Tyrecycle and Tyre Stewardship Australia – setting a new standard
Tyrecycle has welcomed the progress of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme to increase the resource recovery and recycling of end-of-life tyres around Australia but says strict application of TSA’s own guidelines is critical.
Tyrecycle Chief Executive Officer, Jim Fairweather, says the approach Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is taking to build industry standards is welcome.
“The key to meeting Tyrecycle’s goals to reuse, recycle and minimise the environmental impact of tyre waste is strong regulations around Australia,” he says.
“We know the impact of end-of-life tyres – Tyrecycle prides itself on being a national leader in the industry with an eye on the future of our country and the planet.
“But without a uniform national approach, it undermine the good work being done in some areas.
“That’s where we think the TSA can make a significant difference.”
“The TSA has a role across the entire sector; from the strict auditing of retailers, recyclers and collectors right through to the development of markets for end products.”
The TSA is increasing its membership, and as of February 2016 has around 1,100 accredited retailers.
Mr Fairweather says the audit and compliance role of the TSA is crucial.
“The strict audit process Tyrecycle already has in place means we can ensure all users of tyre-derived fuel (TDF) supplied by Tyrecycle are environmentally compliant.
“I’d love to see all tyre recycling businesses use the same stringent auditing and chain-of-custody tracking that Tyrecycle has in place.”
“It will be a huge step forward for the industry, and will verify the work we’ve done for more than two decades, if the TSA can build on its initial work to get the same auditing controls across the industry.”
Research opportunities are also a key development opportunity that Tyrecycle welcomes.
The TSA Research Development Committee is working through applications for Round 1 grants from the Tyre Stewardship Research Fund, with selected projects to begin mid-year.
Mr Fairweather says Tyrecycle has already been involved in several research collaboration programs for the product and market development of recycled rubber, so knows there are market opportunities to explore.
“Tyrecycle was pleased to contribute to the industry workshop the TSA held in mid-February to look at short and long-term goals that research can facilitate,” he says.
“The research and development of new markets for tyre-derived products in Australia is pivotal in embedding a sustainable future into our industries.”