All end-of-life tyres from Porsche Centres across the country will be collected and disposed of by a Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA)-accredited recycler following Porsche’s decision to join the scheme.
The move also covers tyres from PCA’s own fleet of cars, which includes cars from the Porsche Track Experience program. Tyre Stewardship Australia was recently authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Porsche Cars Australia CEO and managing director, Sam Curtis said that sustainability was an essential pillar of the company’s corporate strategy.
“The global approach to sustainability at Porsche is holistic, working in all fields of action: ecological, economic and social. This tyre recycling initiative is one of many steps we are taking here in Australia to continually enhance our environmental and social responsibility efforts,” he said.
Only 10 per cent of tyres recycled
It is estimated that the equivalent of 56 million used tyres are generated from passenger vehicles in Australia every year with only 10% recycled in Australia.
TSA has been instrumental in developing new markets for tyre-derived products. It has committed $6million to projects that use end-of-life tyres in new value-added products.
“Although more than half of Australia’s used tyres are recycled, upcycled or reprocessed into other products, the equivalent of 27 million car tyres are wasted each year. These often end up in landfill, stockpiles or are exported overseas,” TSA CEO Lina Goodman said.
Current uses for end-of-life tyres include:
• soft fall matting playground surfaces
• forms of road surfacing
• rubber adhesive
• brake pads
• tile adhesive
• commercial flooring
• rubber floor mats
• asphalt road construction
• alternative fuel to produce cement