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Tyrecycle’s recycling of waste tyres backed with new regulations in Tasmania

Nov 2017


 Tyrecycle’s recycling of waste tyres backed with new regulations in Tasmania

Australia’s largest and longest operating recycler of waste tyres, Tyrecycle, has applauded the Tasmanian Government for introducing regulatory changes to crackdown on the stockpiling of used tyres.

Tasmania has introduced regulatory changes that mean stockpiling of more than 100 tonnes of waste tyres will be subject to assessment and regulation by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

“This is a significant win for the local environment,” Tyrecycle CEO Jim Fairweather says. “It will ensure that all operators accept responsibility for their tyre waste so it doesn’t end up in dangerous stockpiles.”

Tasmania is home to Australia’s largest tyre stockpile at Longford, which has long been a source of concern relating to environmental, human health and fire risks.

“These new regulations will ensure legacy stockpiles are a thing of the past – it’s a great example of Government and industry working together to deliver better outcomes for the community.”

“Tasmania generates around 450,000 waste tyres per year and these changes will help facilitate the delivery of an industry-led zero waste to landfill solution,” Mr Fairweather says.

Tyrecycle announced an exciting partnership with local company, Barwick’s Landscape Supplies last year to create a tyre recycling facility at Bridgewater, just out of Hobart, supported by a grant from the Tasmania Jobs and Investment Fund.

End-of-life tyres are shredded onsite and then transported to Tyrecycle’s Melbourne plant, where they are recycled for use in such products as tyre-derived fuel, roads, children’s playgrounds, and the automotive and building industries.

“We’re now recycling two-thirds of Tasmania’s tyre waste, but these regulatory changes will undoubtedly mean more end-of-life tyres will be disposed of properly rather than being stockpiled.

“The regulatory changes, together with the ongoing work of the industry, ensure everyone along the supply chain has a responsibility to deal with end-of-life tyres appropriately,” he says.

Since launching, Tyrecycle and Barwicks have already won the support of 9 out of 10 retailers in Tasmania and are now recycling around 20,000 thousand tyres per month.

“The strengthened government regulations should spell the end of rogue operators and should put an end to legacy stockpiling across the State.”

Tyrecycle receives more than 14 million tyres annually and the majority of those are processed within 24 hours of reaching one of its facilities. The company is accredited by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and is a founding member of the Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA).

To arrange an interview with Jim Fairweather, contact Nicole Haack on 0411 196 661