1st Oct, 2021

In March 2020, the Australian, state and territory governments and the Australian Local Government Association agreed that the export of waste glass, plastic, tyres and paper be regulated by the Australian government.

As the ban on tyre exports draws closer, retailers and organisations must reconsider their business model, pricing structure, and practices. For some, significant investment is necessary to transition from baling for export to other means of processing, such as shredding and crumbing.

From 1 December 2021, you will only be able to export:

  • bus, truck and aviation tyres for re-treading to a verified re-treading facility
  • tyres that have been processed into crumbs, buffings, granules or shreds
  • tyres that have been processed into tyre-derived fuel.

Waste tyre exporters will now require an export licence. An Exposure Draft Waste Tyre Rules for consultation by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) do not allow certain types of waste tyres to be shipped like the following:

  • Whole casings that are shipped to be reused overseas
  • Whole passenger and SUV casings that are shipped to be re-tread overseas
  • Whole truck tyres that are re-tread in Australia before being exported
  • Off The Road (OTR) tyres, which may be cut into large pieces before being shipped for recycling offshore

One can apply for a licence when the tyres rules are finalised. We expect this will be in early November.

In the meantime, please speak to one of our consultants about all the ins and outs of tyre recycling and how you can maximise your return on investment. Contact us right now.