Bringing the circular tyre economy to remote WA

Tyre Stewardship Australia Limited

Wednesday, 05 June, 2024

Bringing the circular tyre economy to remote WA

The Australian-owned, WA-based tyre company Get A Grip Tyres is now a contributor to and participant in Australia’s Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme.

The company, which has been operating for over 20 years, offers a variety of tyre services to its mining, construction and transport customers, including business-to-business wholesaling, fleet management, logistics, tyre maintenance and tyre manufacturing.

“We are delighted to welcome Get A Grip Tyres to the Scheme,” said TSA CEO Lina Goodman.

“This is a business that has a strong track record in recognising and responding to community demand for all of us to do better and think of the environmental and social consequences of our decisions.

“Its supply chain, which includes a partnership with traditional owner business Gallawinya, extends from Fremantle Ports to the Pilbara, in a state which consumes the highest volume of mining, construction and transport tyres in the country.”

As a contributor to the scheme, Get A Grip pays a voluntary levy on every brand it imports and sells into the Australian market. This helps to fund TSA’s search for solutions to the nation’s waste tyre problem, from investing in the design and manufacturing of products that use tyre-derived material to building markets for those products.

The company has also become an accredited participant in the scheme. This means it can offer assurance to its customers that their tyres will be managed responsibly, in accordance with best-practice standards such as using only accredited tyre collectors and recyclers for the disposal of end-of-life tyres.

“As a participant in the scheme, they will be part of a trusted network of manufacturers, recyclers, retailers and local governments that manage their tyres responsibly, provide us with valuable data to identify tyre recycling risks and opportunities, and help deter rogue operators,” Goodman said.

Goodman said Get A Grip’s involvement would take Australia’s circular tyre economy further into communities in regional, rural and remote WA. “These are the communities that benefit most from the environmental and economic advantages, such as creation of local jobs, business opportunities and regional development, which tyre recycling has the potential to deliver.”

Get A Grip Director Pete Holywell said the Get A Grip business had been built on respect for local knowledge and purposeful collaboration with partners and customers. “So, we know the brands we sell, and the industries we sell to, are becoming more and more focused on environmental and social impacts,” he explained.

“We’ve found some solutions on our own. Such as selecting and developing brands built for Australian conditions, helping fleet customers improve tread life and mileage rates, and inventing the KlevaCage which facilitates remote, end-of-life tyre recovery and makes the transport of inflated tyres safer and more efficient.

“Now, we’re ready to do more. We believe we can do that through the scheme. We believe our partners and customers will value knowing their tyres are managed responsibly from end-to-end of their lifecycle and that, through us, they are part of a very practical effort to find Australian-made solutions for our waste tyre problem,” Holywell concluded.

Image credit: iStock.com/Totajla

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