Waste tyres in Tasmania have long been a problem, with various projects being mooted but now the government is stepping up to the mark.
The Tasmanian Government is now committed to investing in its resource recovery sector and driving the establishment of a circular economy in Tasmania, according to Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
Jaensche recently launched the expression of interest process for the Roads to Resource Recovery, Waste Tyre Reprocessing Grant Programme.
Under the programme, the Tasmanian Government will provide up to $3 million to partner with industry to develop a rubber crumbing plant, or provide alternative and sustainable solutions for the recovery of end-of-life tyres.
The primary focus of the grant program is to invest in a rubber crumbing plant to produce materials for reuse in road surfacing across TasmaniaTasmanian Tyre Challenge – using Tasmania’s waste tyres, reprocessed in Tasmania, in Tasmanian roads.
We know one of the best ways to improve resource recovery for any material is to develop markets and create the conditions where there is more demand for recycled products.
The Expressions of Interest Guidelines have been released and applications will be accepted from 15 December, closing 30 January 2023.
Guidelines to help businesses prepare their applications and more information about the grant program are available at nre.tas.gov.au/environmental-management