Industry input is being sought on proposed Waste Tyre Export Rules before an export ban begins on 1 December, 2021.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), which is developing new rules to underpin the ban, has put together a survey to help it understand the impact and inform the final draft that will regulate waste tyre exports.
Survey submissions close 5pm on 24 September, 2021.
From 1 December, waste tyre exporters will require an export licence.
The Exposure Draft Waste Tyre Rules for consultation do not allow certain types of waste tyres to be exported from that date, including whole casings that are exported to be reused overseas; whole passenger and SUV casings that are exported to be re-tread overseas; whole truck tyres that are re-tread in Australia before being exported; and Off The Road (OTR) tyres, which may be cut into large pieces before being exported for recycling offshore.
Feedback during initial industry consultation indicates there may be legitimate export markets for these kinds of waste tyres and a discussion paper has been released with a series of questions to help gather more information.
The proposed consultation will also determine whether changes to the Exposure Draft of the Waste Tyre Rules are needed.