Around 18 months after it was established, Australia’s Tyre Stewardship scheme (TSA) has signed an important partner.
The national network of 240 Kmart Tyre And Auto service centres has announced it is getting on board with the scheme, which aims to tackle the significant problem of used tyres in Australia.
When the scheme was established last year, it was revealed that 48 million tyres are disposed of in Australia annually with only 16 percent of those being recycled.
Now, with the establishment of TSA and the signing of a major partner in Kmart Tyre And Auto, organisers hope the number of recycled tyres will increase year-on-year.
Kmart joins the likes of Bridgestone Australia, Beurepaires, Tyrepower and others who have already signed up to the scheme.
TSA says a new TSA logo will soon be visible at participating outlets, and consumers will be encouraged to support one of the 1000 outlets who have committed to recycling used tyres.
“As a business, we take our environmental strategy seriously and our participation in the Tyre Stewardship Australia Scheme further demonstrates our existing commitment to the responsible recycling of end of life tyres,” Kmart’s Adam Pay said.
TSA CEO, Matt Genever, said the scheme was achieving its goals.
“The impact of the accreditation scheme is increasingly obvious to consumers and industry players,” Mr Genever said.
“With so many retailers, collectors and recyclers on board, we are well on the way to achieving one of our key objectives; to ensure that accredited entities operate efficiently with one another right through the tyre distribution chain. This will enable TSA to provide transparency on the fate of our end-of-life tyres through our integrated reporting system.”
Along with tyre retailers, manufacturers including Goodyear-Dunlop, Toyo, Pirelli, Michelin, Yokohama and others have also supported the scheme financially.
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