With a new authorisation from the competition regulator, Tyre Stewardship Australia is taking a fresh focus to the application of tyre-derived products, while increasing its networks with local government, fleet managers and car and tyre importers.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will grant the Tyre Stewardship Scheme, administered by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) a new authorisation for a further six years.
Tyre Stewardship Australia was established in 2013 as an industry cooperative scheme, with the support of state and federal governments. The initial five-year ACCC authorisation allowed the Tyre Stewardship Scheme to fund its operations through the application of a 25 cent per equivalent passenger unit consumer levy.
In reaching its determination, the ACCC considered the progress of the voluntary scheme and the impact that TSA has been able to make in education, of both industry and consumers, on the need to sustainably manage the 56 million equivalent passenger units Australia generates each year.
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ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said that the organisation decided to authorise provisions of this scheme for a further six years, as the scheme is likely to increase the number of tyres being disposed of in an environmentally friendly way and result in a net public benefit.
The potential public benefits offered by the scheme were also specifically addressed in the determination.
In welcoming the ACCC determination, TSA Chairman, David Spear, acknowledged the input of the redetermination process in helping to refine TSA future objectives.
“Tyre Stewardship Australia are pleased by the ACCC determination and new authorisation of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme, which commences from June 15. It recognises the value the Tyre Stewardship Scheme has been able to deliver and the work that TSA has done to set-up future improvements in the sustainable management of end-of-life tyres. We have welcomed and valued the input from the many interested parties and look forward to progressing TSA’s future objectives.”
Dale Gilson, TSA CEO, said the amendments in the reauthorisation, notably the increased flexibility to the structure of the fund program, and the greater capability for managing non-compliance, will both enable TSA to more effectively realise the desired outcomes of the Tyre Stewardship Scheme.
The ACCC’s determination will come into force as a new authorisation on June 15, 2018.
The ACCC’s final determination to reauthorise the scheme can be found here.