51 million EPUs
discarded annually in Australia. EPU = equivalent passenger units, a standardised measure for the quantity of tyres which is used widely within the industry.
of the discarded tyres were recycled locally (based on 2013-14 data). The rest are disposed to landfill, stockpiled, illegally dumped or exported overseas.
20 Jan 2014
Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the formation of Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme to promote the increase in environmentally sustainable collection and recycling processes and to, explore and promote new uses for and products using recycled end-of-life tyres.
recycling rate to be achieved by TSA over 5 years.
Number of tyre retaliers of an estimated total 2,500 in the country were accredited by TSA at the end of 2015-16. Together they account for 50% of the retail volume sold in Australia each year.
Allocation made to 9 projects to support and facilitate for research and development. The projects range from research into crumbed rubber asphalt applications, storm water pavements, rail track ballast enhancement, use in lightweight concrete building panels,
to the creation of totally new ‘super-composite’ materials for steel reinforcement.