The Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme was launched earlier this month to help combat the harm to the environment caused by the current method of disposing with our used tyres.

The scheme’s chairman, Gerry Morvell, says that not only is Australia’s track record and attitude towards tyre recycling poor, but it is actually deteriorating even further.

“Over 48 million tyres are being added to the waste stream each year,” he says. “It is an issue that can only be addressed in a structured, transparent and well-coordinated manner. Tyre Stewardship Australia creates the means to meet this challenge.”

The scheme’s focus will be split between three main tasks.

The first will be a drive to educate both the motoring industry and the average vehicle owner about the vital importance of tyre recycling.

The second will be the “eradication of dirty, unsafe and illegal practices” through the use of independent auditors who can impose fines and penalties for companies that don’t comply with their standards.

The third task is finding new and imaginative uses for recycled tyres so that they can contribute greater value and lessen the environmental impact further.

The Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme has already received the full support of the majority of the world’s leading tyre brands, including Michelin, Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear-Dunlop, Toyo and Yokohama, along with the backing of the Australian Motor Industry Federation. For more information on the reliability and longevity of these leading brands’ products, visit Tyresales.com.au.

The worst tyre disposal practices have apparently sprung up thanks to an underinvestment in recycling facilities and prevailingly negligent attitudes. Many hundreds of thousands of tyres are exported to developing countries such as Indonesia to be used as fuel for power generation, and this worrying trend has doubled in scale over the past seven years. Its environmental impact in terms of generating carbon emissions is significant and it is a terrible example that the TPSS hopes to steer Australia away from setting.

“Participation in the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme will ensure that this trend is reversed,” says Gerry Morvell. “It will lead to the ongoing development of new manufacturing processes, new job opportunities and entirely new industries that utilise the recycled tyre feedstock.”

Companies that submit to auditing and fulfil the obligations of the scheme will receive the full support of Tyre Stewardship Australia and as an added incentive they will be able to display TSA-branded signage in their outlets.

This is sure to win them the consideration of environmentally-conscious car owners when they purchase new tyres.