The stockpiling and dumping of waste tyres has become a significant problem around Australia. Storage of large amounts of tyres carries the attendant risk of pollution, particularly if stockpiles catch on fire. While part of the problem is lack of regulation, it is also a result of challenging market conditions for used tyre products.
To address this issue, Schedule 2 of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA) has been amended to insert the new activity of “Waste Tyre Storage Depots”, which requires stockpiles of more than 100 tonnes of tyres to be assessed and regulated by the EPA.
The Tasmanian Government has worked at the national level with the Meeting of Environment Ministers to develop and help roll out the voluntary Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme (TPSS). The TPSS is helping to develop domestic markets for the sustainable reuse of waste tyres.
The Government is committed to continuing its engagement with other national efforts to increase the rate of tyre recycling, for example by being closely involved with the implementation of the national market development strategy, endorsed by the Meeting of Environment Ministers. It has also provided a grant of $144,000 from the Australian and Tasmanian Governments’ Tasmania Jobs and Investment Fund to assist Barwick’s Landscape Supplies with the construction of its new tyre shredding facility in 2016.
The EPA has produced an
Approved Management Method for the Storage and Reuse of Waste Tyres 2017 for smaller amounts of waste tyres, which is available on the EPA website.
For more information on the regulation of Waste Tyres in Tasmania, see the Waste Tyre Storage Fact Sheet.