The road to sustainability starts at home
Tyre Stewardship Australia is working with local councils across Australia to transform the way roads are built. Together they are exploring innovative methods to increase the use of crumb rubber while enhancing performance and championing sustainability.
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is leading one of the most aggressive transformations of the roads market globally. Its strategy is as simple as it is transformational: change the specifications, create potential demand, demonstrate the benefits and enable supply.
TSA Chief Executive Officer, Lina Goodman argues a strong roads market is a key component of a strong tyre resource recovery sector. Tyres service the roads industry, she adds, so finding beneficial uses for end-of-life tyres in roads infrastructure incentivises industry take-up.
Goodman says TSA’s mission is clear: to increase the use of crumb rubber exponentially across all sectors in Australia – and local councils have a critical role to play.
“With 85 per cent of roads managed by local councils and significantly more low traffic roads found nationally, local government procurement power is critical to using resources like crumb rubber – created from the millions of used tyres generated in Australia each year – to create a better performing, longer lasting Australian road network,” Goodman explains.
“Local governments can carry real influence in the circular economy, so TSA is keen to partner with as many councils across Australia as possible.”
TSA has provided almost $500,000 in funding over two years to local councils and other eligible organisations to use crumb rubber in low traffic asphalt roads across Australia.