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The Australian Motor Industry Federation (AMIF) today welcomed the launch of Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) and the establishment of the Tyre Product Stewardship Program. AMIF CEO, Richard Dudley, said the creation of TSA enabled a national, coordinated, focus on researching and creating new uses for the 48 million end-of-life tyres; strengthening existing tyre recycling businesses and potentially creating new ones; enhancing employment opportunities and reducing the environmental harm caused by the illegal dumping of waste tyres.

"The creation of TSA and the Stewardship Program is the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work and involvement by tyre retailers nationwide as well as other parts of the industry,” Mr Dudley said. With approximately 66 per cent of waste tyres ending up as landfill, or stockpiled or illegally dumped, AMIF fully supports the creation of new products and technologies originating from an undervalued commodity.

Mr Dudley said AMIF's State and Territory Motor Trades Associations and Automobile Chambers of Commerce Members and the Australian Tyre Dealers and Retreaders Association (AATDRA) encourage all responsible tyre manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, collectors, recyclers, and associated businesses to embrace and support TSA and Stewardship Program.

"Consumers can be confident that the issue of waste tyres is being addressed and as of today we as an industry can begin examining and implementing strategies to lift the percentage of tyres being recycled," Mr Dudley said.

Further information: Richard Dudley - Chief Executive Officer: 0412 146 828