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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Progress on Product Stewardship of Tyres

Media release
15 August 2011

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, has congratulated the tyre industry on progress made towards a voluntary product stewardship scheme for tyres.

Senator Farrell met last week with representatives of the tyre industry - following the submission of a report and model scheme from an industry-government working group - and congratulated everyone involved in progressing this work.

"This is an important step forward, as the proposed voluntary scheme aims to increase resource recovery and recycling, and to reduce the negative environmental, health and safety impacts of all end-of-life tyres generated in Australia," he said.

"The scheme will help reduce the amount of tyres that are disposed of through landfill, export, stockpiles or are illegally dumped. Under this industry-led scheme all parties in the supply chain - from tyre manufacturers, retailers, collectors, transporters, recyclers through to consumers - will have a part to play in ensuring tyres are disposed of in an environmentally sustainable manner."

The model scheme is the culmination of 12 months of deliberations with tyre industry stakeholders, during which the Australian Government has worked closely with the tyre industry to develop the initiative.

Senator Farrell said the Australian Government was pleased to see industry agree on ways to deal responsibly with end-of-life tyres.

"Once a scheme is implemented, I anticipate that tyres will be among the first products brought forward for accreditation under the voluntary component of the Product Stewardship Act 2011, which commenced from 8 August," he said.

"This landmark legislation is groundbreaking in its approach to the recovery and recycling of a range of valuable resources. The Act recognises that each product, material and industry is unique, and is flexible enough to deal with different approaches to product stewardship for different products."

In November 2009, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council agreed to work with the tyre industry to develop an industry-led approach to product stewardship for tyres.

The working group comprised representatives from the Australian Tyre Industry Council, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Motor Trades Association of Australia, Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Australian Tyre Recyclers Association and the Australian, Queensland and New South Wales governments.

The proposed scheme is expected to commence operation early in 2012.