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Question Without Notice No. 1074 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 September 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 24 September 2019

DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION —USED TYRE STORAGE FACILITIES

1074. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to question without notice 998 that I asked on 17 September.

(1) Who now owns the tyres that have been stored?

(2) Were these new owners of the tyres paid for their storage?

(3) If yes to (2), how much were they paid for this storage?

(4) Who is liable if one of these storage facilities catches fire?

(5) Geographically, where are these storage facilities?

(6) Does the high tensile steel used in modern tyre construction have any premium as scrap metal?

(7) Are there any facilities in Perth that can deconstruct these tyres into small pieces?

The PRESIDENT: I remind members that long questions do not meet the requirement to be concise.

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The operators of the used tyre storage facilities are licensed to store a maximum number of tyres. The ownership of the tyres is a matter for each operator.

(2)–(3) Any fees charged by the operator of a used tyre storage facility is a commercial matter and not regulated through legislation administered in my portfolio. As such, I do not have this information.

(4) The holder of the licence granted under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 is responsible for the operation of the facility. Licences granted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation typically contain conditions on how used tyres must be stored to minimise the risk of fires.

(5) The department advises that licensed used tyre facilities are located across the state, with similar numbers located in the metropolitan area and in regional areas.

(6) High tensile steel used in modern tyre construction does have some value on the scrap metal market.

(7) A number of facilities in Perth hold licences under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to shred tyres.