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Importance of Tyre Recycling

In Australia alone, the equivalent of 48 million tyres reach the end of their life every year, and from this number, only 16% of these are domestically recycled. Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) strongly support and encourage individuals and businesses to partake and educate themselves on the importance of tyre recycling.

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA), a voluntary industry has been working with governments to take action on tyre waste through the funded tyre product stewardship scheme. This scheme aims to increase both the number of tyres recycled in Australia and the use of products made with recycled material.

Not only will recycling and re-using tyres create a professional and environmentally responsible Australian tyre industry, but it will minimise the danger, the environmental hazard and criminal convictions that the misuse of old tyres can create. This is highlighted in a conviction made in July 2016 in relation to Di Carlo’s Tyremil Operation in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court.   

Di Carlo’s Tyremil Operation was stockpiling an estimated 800,000 used tyres at two Brisbane sites (Rocklea and Kingston) despite the concerns of the environment department and the fire service about the risk of a huge fire. There was very little tyre recycling happening at either location.

MTA Queensland encourages individuals and businesses to act now and ensure their old tyres are recycled or re-used. This will allow the derived products to be put to productive uses in many ways such as the manufacture of new rubber products including, soft fall surfaces and artificial turf, road construction and surfacing, brake pads and other rubber products.

With the TSA and government bodies encouraging consumers to choose the services of businesses that display the TSA logo over non-tyre recycling entities and the many positive environmental factors that recycling tyres correctly provide, the decision to commit to the correct disposal of used tyres is an easy one to make.

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