Tyre Stewardship Australia confirmed for Melbourne expo

As part of an ongoing industry and public education campaign, Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) will be participating in this year’s Waste Management In Action expo at Melbourne Showgrounds in May.

At the expo, TSA will be focussing on outlining the value of being part of its tyre product stewardship scheme, through achieving appropriate accreditation, to fleet operators and to waste industry participants.

A statement from the organisation said: “Waste Management In Action will also offer an opportunity to outline the research and development work that is focussed on developing new green jobs and industry opportunities.”

As a Federal and State Government supported industry cooperative initiative to address Australia’s challenge of 51 million end-of-life tyres a year, and to work towards turning the management of these into opportunities and jobs.

Industry members, Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear Dunlop, Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama have combined their efforts to deliver, through TSA, an accreditation scheme, consumer and industry education and funding for research and development into future commercial uses for recycled tyres. More than 1,000 tyre retail outlets fall under TSA accreditation and end-of-life tyre collectors and recyclers representing over 70% of the market have also joined the scheme.

In addition TSA has recently allocated over $1.5 million in research and development funds for projects to increase the use of tyre-derived material.

TSA has also launched a public education campaign, through targeted media, featuring confronting images of a pile of over 50 million tyres crowding out well-known Australian landmarks and cityscapes.

“While the task of addressing Australia’s end-of-life tyre management may seem daunting the combined efforts of the tyre industry are now focused on turning waste into future opportunities,” the TSA statement continued. “This show presents another avenue for spreading the message that this environmental challenge can be addressed through industry recognition and cooperation.”

Waste Management In Action will be held 5-7 May at Melbourne Showgrounds. Registration is now open through the EventBrite website.

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