Tyre Transition: Tyre Stewardship Australia
Source: Waste Management Review.
With the export ban on whole used tyres fast approaching, Tyre Stewardship Australia has launched a Baler Transition Program to support market evolution.
In late May, the Council of Australian Government’s ban on waste exports was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In a statement at the time, Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the effects of COVID-19 made it “impossible” for parliament to pass legislation in time for the 1 July 2020 deadline.
However, Ley assured industry that the Federal Government would not waiver on its commitment to the ban, with the delay set to solely impact the proposed timeline for unprocessed glass.
At the time of writing, the schedule for implementing the ban on tyres, plastic and paper remained unchanged.
Despite the pandemic’s effect on ban legislation, the waste and resource recovery industry has demonstrated great resilience and adaptability.
Many, including Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) CEO Lina Goodman, are using the unprecedented global environment as a learning opportunity and time for reflection.
“The impacts of COVID-19 have almost given us a sneak peak of what may eventuate when the ban comes into effect,” Goodman explains.