Tasmania’s EPA Gives Approval for Mowbray Tyre Facility

A tyre recycling facility at Mowbray, Tasmania, has been given the green light by the environmental watchdog.

The Environmental Protection Agency released its report into the proposed facility in early April.

The proposal involves the delivery and storage of up to 1500 tonnes of end of life tyres in outdoor storage on a block of land within an industrial area of Launceston.

Also proposed is a purpose-built shed for a tyre shredder and moulding plant to process up to 8640 tonnes of waste tyres per annum, including storage for another 10 tonnes of tyres waiting processing.

The final hurdle for the development is for it to be approved by the City of Launceston council.

It’s believed the development will be assessed by the council on April 23 at its meeting.

Proponent Tim Chugg, of Phoenix Rubber, said in February he believed it would help fix the state’s tyre issues.

“We’re confident we’ll be the first one in Australia to fully control our scrap tyre problems,” Mr Chugg said in February.

“We think that is very exciting. Not only for the tyre industry, but for the state as a whole as far as sorting out a large environmental issue.”

The facility is expected to cost about $3.5 million and create 10 jobs. However environmental concerns have been raised by the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.

 

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

 

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