The Department of Defence’s has committed to ensuring its fleet tyres are managed and recycled in an environmentally-sound way by joining Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).
Making the announcement on 12 August, Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt said he was delighted the Department of Defence – one of the government’s largest fleet operators – was participating in the tyre product stewardship scheme.
“The Department of Defence joins businesses and organisations – across the tyre supply chain—which are making a real difference in addressing the management of end-of-life tyres,” Mr Hunt said.
“The Government encourages all Defence contractors, suppliers, partners and others involved in the recycling, tyre retail and transport business to have their tyres recycled and to consider becoming part of the voluntary scheme and getting behind Tyre Stewardship Australia.”
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, said joining TSA with Defence’s newly-contracted national waste services provider, Veolia, would ensure its continued commitment to best practice environmental management—an essential part of the long-term sustainability of Australian Defence Force capability and its estate.
It is anticipated that the agreement will ensure sustainable disposal of some 40,000 passenger tyres each year.
The image shows Parliamentary Secretary for Defence – the Hon Darren Chester MP, TSA Chair – Gerry Morvell, Federal Environment Minister – the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas – Commander Joint Logistics, at the announcement of Defence becoming a TSA accredited fleet.