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Liam O'Keefe

Year of Award: 2016 Award State: Victoria Environment > Sustainability
To investigate the management and recycling of waste tyres to identify how we can better use this vast resource in Australia - USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, France, Portugal, India
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The key recommendations can be summarised as:

  • Undertake an analysis of the current capability and capacity of the end of life tyre sector to respond and manage the growing volumes of end of life tyres, now and into the future, in a cost-effective and environmentally sound way.
  • Develop a strategic national approach between industry, government and the community to establish manageable expectations and a shared vision for end of life tyre management in Australia and then implement an appropriate model to deliver upon collective expectations.
  • Continue market development activities to support existing and new end-markets for tyre derived products, through a coordinated national approach. In particular, through pursuing opportunities in key markets for tyre derived products.
  • Investigate opportunities for regulatory reform and harmonisation to create consistency throughout Australian states and territories to support enhanced waste tyre storage, management and potential end markets.
  • Develop effective tyre stockpile management approaches across Australia to prevent the emergence of future stockpiles and contribute to the recovery of resources from existing legacy stockpiles.
  • Improve end of life tyre services throughout regional and remote Australia.
  • Expand tyre product stewardship activities beyond passenger and truck tyres to the mining sector.
  • See TSA assume greater regional leadership in the Asia Pacific region to develop a consistent approach with neighbours such as New Zealand and to better engage with end of life tyre destination markets including Singapore, Malaysia and India.  
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