Latest News from ATRA

Keep up to date with the latest news from ATRA and the tyre recycle industry.

Greenhouse gas benefits of tyre derived fuels

February 9, 2017
New report demonstrates greenhouse gas benefits of Tyre Derived Fuel A new report for ATRA demonstrates that replacing one tonne of black coal with tyre derived fuel (TDF) can save 1.05tonnes of CO2-e. The report and accompanying media release can be found here

ATRA Statement on used tyre pyrolysis

December 2, 2015

TSA Launch Jan 2014

March 26, 2014

ATRA advises members to increase collection and recycling fees

January 29, 2015
ATRA has advised its members of the validity of a price increase for the collection and recycling of end of life tyres to offset a collapse in the offshore market for rubber products. The following market alert has been sent to retailers and other stakeholders.

Victorian EPA investigates waste tyre storage

March 24, 2016

Victorian regulations

October 13, 2013
New waste tyre regulations set to commence in Victoria. Licences required for any site holding more than 5000EPU’s. Details of the new licence scheme available here:

Recycling Process

July 30, 2013
Collection – Tyres can be collected from any location in Australia. Recyclers charge a small fee to tyre retailers to collect, transport, process and finally export this waste product. This fee is, in 80% of cases, the only income to recyclers and the cost of rest of the processes as outlined come out of this fee. Manufacturing – ATRA members create useful products from old tyres preventing a valuable resource being dumped in landfill. Products and Applications – Crumb; for Adhesives, Asphalt, Explosives, Playgrounds, Sportsgrounds. Shred; for further processing to crumb or alternative fuels. Civil Products; for retaining walls, road construction, erosion protection. ATRA does not support the export of while baled tyres out of Australia as these products represent a biosecurity risk to receiving countries and in the vast majority of cases go to unsustainable and highly polluting pyrolysis operations in countries like Malaysia. More information is available at the Sustainability section of this site Size Reduction – Tyres are shredded into chips or cut into pieces which cannot hold dirt or water. Granulation – Chip is fed into a granulator to liberate steel from rubber. Steel Removal – Magnetic separation of wire from rubber. Grinding – Rubber is milled to further reduce in size. Applications – Manufacturing, road construction and repairs, adhesives, playgrounds, civil construction and alternate fuels etc.

Dengue Fever

July 23, 2013
Dengue Fever is globally the most deadly mosquito borne disease with about 50% of the world’s population now at risk. Whole tyres make ideal mosquito incubators, as they absorb heat and retain water. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 50 million infections occur per annum, including 22,000 deaths, mostly among children. ATRA members process the tyres they collect to ensure they cannot become Dengue habitat.