Launch of Waste Tyre Reprocessing Grant Program

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Climate Change

The Tasmanian Government is committed to investing in our resource recovery sector and driving the establishment of a circular economy in Tasmania.

Waste tyres can become problematic if they are illegally dumped or stored inappropriately, with poorly managed stockpiles potentially creating fire risks and pest problems.

That is why our Government is tackling the management of waste tyres head-on.

Today, I launched the expression of interest process for the Roads to Resource Recovery, Waste Tyre Reprocessing Grant Program.

Under the program, our Government will provide up to $3 million to partner with industry to develop a rubber crumbing plant, or provide alternative and sustainable solutions for the recovery of end-of-life tyres.

The primary focus of the grant program is to invest in a rubber crumbing plant to produce materials for reuse in road surfacing across Tasmania – using Tasmania’s waste tyres, reprocessed in Tasmania, in Tasmanian roads.

Tasmania is well-placed to take advantage of the global shift to circular economies. Our Government’s investment in boosting the recycling of plastics and organics, the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme, and our plan to phase out a range of single-use plastics will all contribute to our circular economy ambitions.

We know one of the best ways to improve resource recovery for any material is to develop markets and create the conditions where there is more demand for recycled products.

The Expressions of Interest Guidelines have been released and applications will be accepted from 15 December, closing 30 January 2023.

Guidelines to help businesses prepare their applications and more information about the grant program are available at nre.tas.gov.au/environmental-management

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