Volkswagen commits to tyre recycling

Volkswagen’s Australian dealers are now committed to the responsible disposal of hundreds of thousands of used tyres annually in an agreement signed with Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).

The commitment will involve some 100 Volkswagen dealers nationwide, each of which will have used tyres disposed of by a TSA accredited collector or recycler.

Volkswagen Australia joins Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli, Michelin, Kumho, Toyo and Yokohama as a TSA member.

Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director Michael Bartsch said that the brand was the first auto importer to become a Tyre Stewardship Australia contributor.

“Tyres are a by-product of the car sales business and the necessity to have used tyres responsibly disposed of or appropriately recycled is incumbent upon us,” said Mr Bartsch.

“Through Tyre Stewardship Australia most of the major tyre brands are financially contributing to ensure that the environmental impact of their business is continually diminished. Volkswagen Australia is proud to be the first auto maker to become a TSA contributor. Our intention is to wherever possible deal only with tyre manufactures who are TSA co-signatories.”

According to TSA, Australians discard the equivalent of 56 million tyres each year, which equates to some 450,000 tonnes of material, only 10 per cent of which is recycled locally.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Aug 2019)

13 Aug 2019