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Voluntary Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme

Federal discussion on addressing End of Life Tyres via a Product Stewardship Scheme has been occurring for many years. A Timeline of the recent events and WALGA submissions is included below:

Year  Initiative MWAC Submission 

July 2008 

The EPHC releases the following documents for consultation:

  • CRIS on End of Life Tyre Management
  • Industry Scheme Brochure
  • Draft Tyre Product Stewardship Agreement 
  • NEPM Impact Statement
  • NEPM Threshold Study

Consultation RIS for End-of-Life Tyre Management

Industry Scheme Brochure_FINAL

Tyres Product Stewardship Agreement

Tyres NEPM Impact Statement_FINAL

Tyres NEPM Threshold Study_FINAL


November 2009

At the EPHC meeting, environment ministers committed to working with industry, governments and the community to find appropriate solutions for the responsible management of end of life tyres. Namely, developing industry-led schemes to increase recycling and expand the market for tyre derived products. Industry-led schemes will aim to open up new local markets for managing end of life tyres. Many opportunities exist for using end of life tyres including for road construction material and playgrounds with new options emerging such as flexible paints and glues.

May 2010 The Tyre Implementation Working Group is established to develop a Voluntary Product Stewardship Scheme - which will be implemented and administered by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).   
July 2012

The Working Group releases Guidelines for consultation, that describes how the Voluntary Scheme will function.

Submission on the Draft Guidelines for the Voluntary Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme
September 2012 - April 2013

The Australian Tyre Industry Council applies to the ACCC for the authorisation of the Voluntary Scheme. The ACCC authorises the Scheme for five years until May 2018.

February 2013 WALGA completes a Research Paper on End of Life Tyre management in Australia. Research Paper on end of life Tyre Management in Australia
January 2014

Environment Minister officially launches the voluntary Product Stewardship Scheme under the banner of Tyre Stewardship Australia. 


WALGA joins the Scheme and commits to implementing an action plan. 

December 2017 - May 2018

Tyre Stewardship Australia applies to the ACCC for authorisation to continue delivering the Scheme for a period of 10 years. The ACCC authorises the Scheme for a period of 6 years until June 2024.

Submission on the TSA ACCC Authorisation
September 2018

WALGA ceases to participate in the voluntary Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.

The voluntary scheme has not addressed or minimised the considerable funds expended by Local Governments in responding to illegally dumped tyres or managing end of life tyres through disposal or recycling activities. Additionally, it has not established local solutions for end of life tyres.

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