Six major off-the-road (OTR) tyre importers will join the voluntary Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme from January 2022.
They include Bearcat, Bridgestone Mining Solutions, Goodyear, Kal Tire, Michelin, and Yokohama.
The national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme promotes the increase in environmentally sustainable collection and recycling processes and to explore and promote new products and uses for recycled end-of-life tyres.
It is administered by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).
The six importers have agreed to contribute financially to the scheme and help find sustainable outcomes for OTR tyres that have reached their end-of-life in Australia.
Less than 15 percent of the 140,000 tonnes of OTR tyres sold in the national market each year are recovered as a resource, with most ending up buried on-site or dumped or in landfills.
This problem exists on a global scale and the scheme enables the mining, agriculture, construction and manufacturing sectors to boost the recovery of OTR tyres and related products.
TSA chief executive Lina Goodman said: “There is no ‘quick fix’ to the OTR recovery problem … creating viable, sustainable solutions needs engagement across the OTR value chain.”