Business & Investment

Creating new markets for end of life tyres

Waste tyres in a fieldSustainability Victoria is working to grow the market for tyre-derived products and/or fuels and reduce used tyre stockpiles.

Better management of end of life tyres can reduce waste to landfill, eliminate environmental and health risks, and create viable market development opportunities.

At a national level Sustainability Victoria is collaborating with industry and other state governments to support the Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme and is co-leading a National Market Development Strategy for Used Tyres with the Queensland Government and Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).

Other initiatives include:

  • Research and development – providing funding and support for industry to develop new applications and processes that consume tyre derived product. Sustainability Victoria is funding two projects as part of a national cooperative research project:
    • Developing cost-effective crumb rubber asphalt for Victorian roads – conducted by ARRB Group (in conjunction with TSA, Sustainability Victoria and industry partners)
    • Using tyre-derived aggregate as a supplementary material in pavement sub-bases – conducted by Swinburne University (in conjunction with TSA, Sustainability Victoria and industry partners)
  • Product specifications – working collaboratively across jurisdictions (with ARRB Group, VicRoads, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads) to assess specifications that influence the consumption of tyre derived product in roads construction.
  • Procurement – product stewardship advocacy, dissemination of research results, updated specifications and business case information to influence procurement policy and purchasing decisions that support stronger end of life tyre markets.

Sustainability Victoria is also working closely with the EPA and the broader tyre industry to support the new regulatory framework for end of life tyres.

Key partnerships

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA)
Tyre Stewardship Australia
 (TSA) is a key collaborative partner for Sustainability Victoria in developing sustainable tyre markets. TSA has been established to administer a national tyre product stewardship scheme. Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, launched TSA on behalf of the tyre industry on 20 January 2014.

Through the scheme, TSA aims to increase domestic tyre recycling, expand the market for tyre-derived products and reduce the number of Australian end-of-life tyres that are sent to landfill, exported as baled tyres or illegally dumped.

Australian Tyres Recyclers Association (ATRA)
Sustainability Victoria will work with Australian Tyres Recyclers Association (ATRA) to assist in the creation of new businesses and jobs through the realisation of cost-effective and environmentally sound recycling activities. 

More information

For information regarding Sustainability Victoria's role in managing end-of-life tyres in Victoria, please contact us on 1300 363 744 or at tyrestewardship@sustainability.vic.gov.au

Waste tyres in a field