Rubber hits road for export ban on waste tyres

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment

The Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management

Australia’s world-leading waste export bans will see the shipping of whole baled tyres for disposal overseas stopped from today (December 1).

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that following the Morrison Government’s previous export bans on glass and unprocessed mixed plastics, today will signal the end of 61,000 tonnes of waste tyres being sent overseas each year.

“Already the ban is creating jobs in Australia with the Morrison Government’s Recycling Modernisation Fund delivering increased domestic recycling capacity,” Minister Ley said.

“We have worked with state and territory governments and industry to generate more than $600million in turbocharging local recycling capacity.

“More than $24.4 million has been invested across tyre processing infrastructure projects around Australia which will generate more than 104,260 tonnes of tyre processing capacity, and there are more to come.

“New state of the art recycling facilities are being established to recycle tyres into roads, playgrounds, athletics tracks, fashion items and other consumer products.

“We are taking responsibility for our waste, we are helping the environment and creating jobs.”

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction Trevor Evans said Australia’s tyre export industry is well prepared for the ban.

“We understand that this is a big transition and that is why we are supporting industry to build new infrastructure and put innovative new technology in place.

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