Ascenso Tyres is the newest contributor to Australia’s Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme (TPSS).
The specialist Off-The-Road (OTR) tyre manufacturer and distributor for the agriculture, construction, material handling and forestry sectors, will contribute to the scheme by paying a voluntary levy on every tyre imported into Australia.
This contribution will accelerate efforts, led by TSA in collaboration with industry and government, to ensure the sustainable management, recycling and productive use of Agricultural and OTR tyres that end their life in Australia.
Lina Goodman, TSA Chief Executive Officer, said an estimated 37,000 tonnes of OTR tyres are consumed each year in the agriculture sector alone, with less than 15 per cent recovered as a valuable resource.
“Ascenso’s contribution will go towards understanding how best to recover those tyres as a valuable resource for reuse in innovative ways, such as roads, pavement, sporting fields, agricultural mats and fuel,” she said.
“Developing more end-market solutions such as these will stimulate sustainable resource recovery efforts and reduce stockpiling or on-site burials of OTR tyres. This is particularly important now as we struggle with disruptions to recovery, due to the global shipping crisis and labour shortages.
“Ascenso’s commitment to mitigate the impact their business has on the environment, not just in the country in which they manufacture, but also in the countries they export to, reflects a responsible, global view that we welcome here in Australia.”
Yogesh Mahansaria, Ascenso Managing Director, said contributing to Australia’s Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme was a natural extension of the company’s Tread Green philosophy.
“We have a deep respect for the markets in which we operate. This means we not only design high-quality tyres purpose-built for the conditions they must operate in, but we also want to give our customers confidence that, by using our tyres, they are contributing to sustainable environmental, social and corporate governance practices,” Mahansaria said.
“We look forward to working with TSA and operators all along the supply chain in Australia’s tyre recovery circular economy to help it strengthen and fulfil its potential to extend the life cycle of our tyres.”
The Ascenso brand is distributed by Australian Tyre Traders, which has more than 700 locally-owned, independent tyre dealer partners around Australia.
Shane Morrissy, Australian Tyre Traders Managing Director said practical decisions such as tyre choice can now help Australian private and public business reach their own net carbon targets.
Ascenso takes the number of OTR tyre importers voluntarily contributing to the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme to seven. They are Bearcat, Bridgestone Mining Solutions, Goodyear, Kal Tire, Michelin and Yokohama.
For more information: www.tyrestewardship.org.au