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Question Without Notice No. 998 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 September 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

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

Answered on

DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION —USED TYRE STORAGE FACILITIES

998. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Environment:

(1) Can the minister advise how many used tyre storage facilities are in WA?

(2) How many used tyres are stored at these facilities?

(3) Is the minister aware of any plans to reduce the number of used tyres stored?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question, on behalf of the Minister for Environment.

(1) The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation licences 60 used tyre storage facilities within Western Australia under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

(2) Collectively, these premises are approved to store up to 318 670 used tyres at any one time. The licences impose a range of conditions to ensure the environmental risk associated with their aggregation is minimised.

I note that the third question asks about plans to reduce the number of used tyres stored in WA.

(3) On 9 August 2019, the Council of Australian Governments agreed that Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of certain waste, including tyres, while building Australia's capacity to generate high-value recycled commodities. An export ban is likely to require a significant increase in local recycling. Consistent with the ''Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030'', Western Australia has been active in supporting tyre recycling through the national tyre recycling scheme delivered by Tyre Stewardship Australia. Main Roads WA has also committed to increasing the use of crumbed scrap rubber bituminous binders in road construction and maintenance.