Australia’s Stawell tyre dump was expected to be handled by a new project that promised to employ some 50 staff.
However, as 2017 starts, four of the plant’s staff have been laid off without any prior notification.
Tyre yard general manager Joel Knibbs said the decision had to be made after a lack of funding from government departments.
“We have done everything we can to date to adhere to Environment Protection Agency and Country Fire Authority requirements, but no help from government departments has led to this,” he said.
“We are focusing on stage two of the recycling project which is processing the pyrolysis plant.”
The redundancies came after Used Tyre Recycling Corporation chief executive Dr Matthew Starr said the tyre stockpile could employ up to 50 retrenched workers from the Stawell Gold Mines early in 2016.
Mr Knibbs said that was now dependent on government intervention