By processing the waste tyres generated in Australia*, ATRA members minimize damage to human health and the environment, both locally and globally.
ATRA members assist in the creation of new businesses and jobs through the realisation of cost-effective and environmentally sound recycling activities.
ATRA serves the tyre recycling industry in an advocacy role with the public, government and associated stakeholders; and promotes the use of recycled rubber in a range of consumer and industrial products.
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*ATRA members convert used tyres into shred for use as alternate fuels; to rubber crumb and powder for use in roads, playgrounds and industrial adhesives; and whole or part for use in civil construction for roads, retaining walls and sound barriers.
ATRA’s constitution prohibits the export of whole or baled tyres due to concerns with environment and human health. In the first instance, the ATRA Committee has resolved to phase out the export of baled tyres by any ATRA member and this position has resulted in ATRA members universally shifting away from baled tyre exports. This position has resulted in ATRA members investing millions of dollars in new shredding equipment to meet this standard.
While baled tyres represent the overwhelming majority of “whole” tyre exports, the ATRA Committee is similarly resolved to, over time, phase out the export of casings from ATRA members. The Committee will continue to monitor the market as well as research and public opinion regarding the export of casings in determining timelines for this policy position.