Tyre recycling, what happens?
Before 2014 and the recycling initiative, tyres were the most problematic source of waste in this country.
Australians produce 51 million EPU (equivalent passenger unit) end of life tyres each year. 16% of these tyres are recycled and only 5% are reused here in Australia.
The future potential use for tyres ranges from new rubber products, road construction, surface materials and artificial turf, playgrounds, sports grounds, convouyor belts, brake pads, commercial flooring, civil engineering, substitute for diesel in explosives and fuels for energy recovery.
Where do they go?
Australia's end-of-life tyres are currently being disposed through landfill, stockpiles, exported as baled tyres or illegally dumped and only a small proportion are being recycled.
Island Tyres, retailers, recyclers, collectors, fleets, manufacturers and importers, tyre brands and the local government are backing the TSA initiative. TSA or Tyre Stewardship Australia formed to implement the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme to promote the development of viable markets for end-of-life tyres.