TSA was launched in early 2014 by then Federal Environment Minster, Greg Hunt. TSA brings together market competitors to focus on how best to increase the proportion of waste tyres effectively recycled in Australia. It ensures that any rogue operators find it increasingly difficult to pollute our environment, or dispose of tyres unlawfully or unsustainably.
With a global and national problem of such scale it can be easy for an individual consumer to feel as if they can have no impact. The fact is, TSA has made it possible for Australian tyre consumers to collectively have an impact. Through a 25 cent a tyre levy on all new tyres sold by participating brands, TSA is funding the creation of the accreditation scheme, a public information and advertising campaign and has already invested over $1.5 million in research and development projects, ranging from rubber road seal to more stable mining explosives using recycled rubber.
anyone can make a difference with a 25 cent a tyre levy on new tyres sold by participating brands
It is worth noting that in the USA over 12 million tyres annually (out of the over 290 million they dispose of each year) are recycled for use in rubberised asphalt that is laid on the roads of states such as California, Arizona, Florida, Texas and South Carolina. These are States with climatic conditions not dissimilar and sometimes even harsher than in most of Australia.
in the USA, over 12 million tyres are recycled annually for use in rubberised asphalt on the roads – over 290 million are dispose of
While USA rubberised asphalt usage may seem like a small percentage of total waste tyres, it is a percentage that is growing fast due to the noise, safety and durability benefits of rubberised asphalt. Further research into road opportunities and applications in this country is just one of the areas TSA is working in.
There are now over 1200 TSA Accredited Tyre retailers nation-wide. Retail chains such as RACV Show Your Card & Save member, Beaurepaires, (current at August 2016) are represented. As are tyre brands, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear-Dunlop, Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama (a full list of TSA partners can be found here. When buyers see a TSA accreditation sign they can be assured that those retailers are having their waste tyres managed in a sustainable manner, by TSA accredited collectors and recyclers.