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Tackling Tassie’s tyres


Aug 2016


Tonnes of illegally dumped tyres in Tasmania have been retrieved and recycled thanks to the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.

The group raises funds to help the community get rid of the environmental hazard and has undertaken a number of clean-ups, including major exercises at South Arm and Rokeby. Sponsorship by Tyrecycle ensures the tyres are recycled and given new life through a range of products.

TCT Director Peter McGlone said the support of Tyrecycle had been significant.

“The TCT is committed to an ongoing relationship with Tyrecycle and we are grateful for its support to date,” he said.

The clean-up at Rokeby resulted in the removal of 835 tyres in December 2015 from an area of land designated as public open space.

The haul weighed more than seven tonnes and was collected and cleaned by 17 volunteers.

“The locals and I thought the tyres were ugly and a potential fire risk and we agreed to organise to clean them up,” Mr McGlone said.

“Dumped tyres are an eyesore and can encourage the breeding of mosquitoes. Even worse, if they are burnt they release toxins into the soil, air and water.”

Mr McGlone said there were two waterways within 200 metres of the Rokeby tyres, which appeared to have been dumped without the land owner’s knowledge.

Tyrecycle Marketing Manager Meagan Hill said working with the TCT was the beginning of the company’s focus on increasing the currently low rate of recovery and recycling of tyres in Tasmania.

“We value our partnership with TCT and it benefits the environment and the community,” she said.

“We first supported the TCT in April 2015, when the group removed more than 600 tyres from a primary school site at South Arm.

“As well as costing the school less to have the old tyres removed, it meant the TCT could be reassured that the tyres would be recycled into tyre-derived fuel for industrial use.”

Mr McGlone said members of the public could report dumpedtyres, volunteer or donate at www.tastyrecleanup.com