Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has released its TSA’s website. for 2022-2023, and things don’t look good.

Alarmingly, Australia’s recovery of used car, bus and truck (automotive) tires is going backwards, having dropped to under 80%, a sharp downward trend since the 2019-2020 peak of 90%.

The remaining 20% might not sound like much, but it equates to 11.3 million car tires being stockpiled, illegally dumped, landfilled, or hidden in warehouses, on industrial sites, unsuspecting landowners’ properties, and even national parks.

Hidden in plain sight: 11.3 million used tires – greater than the population of Sydney and Melbourne combined – is an environmental nightmare for Australia.

20% of unrecovered used tires amplifies the already unnecessary economic, environmental, and social cost to local communities, particularly in regional, rural, and remote regions.

Tires left unrecovered increase the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, toxic fires, and contamination of our built and natural environment.

"It’s the trifecta you don't want; the new data reveals that the economic, social and environmental cost, that our communities are footing the bill for, is only going to get worse,” said TSA CEO Lina Goodman.

Read the full media release at TSA’s website.

Media Contacts:

Sandra Scalise, Director of Strategic Marketing Communications, TSA: (03) 9977 7820 or sandra.scalise@tyrestewardship.org.au

Tolga Huseyin, Marketing Manager, TSA: (03) 9977 7820 or tolga.huseyin@tyrestewardship.org.au