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It is estimated that around 52.5 million equivalent passenger unit (EPU) tyres reach the end of their life each year in Australia. Of this 52.5 million, only 13% are currently being recycled.

Theoretically, it’s possible to recover the raw materials from tyres, although there is little disposal by this method due to the high cost.

Will SITA Australia (SITA) accept my tyres?
Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 13 35 for disposal options available for tyres.

What else can I do with my tyres?
Many automotive tyre outlets will accept old tyres for recycling at a small fee. Contact local businesses in your area to find out your disposal options. When buying new tyres, you can normally have your old tyres taken away and recycled for a few dollars at the same time.

Tyrecycle collects scrap and imperfect tyres from manufacturers, retailers, local councils and other sources and disposes of them in accordance with environmental regulations. Some of the rubber material is turned into high quality crumb, and steel is recycled through the same process.

The rubber crumb is widely used in tyre manufacturing, road repairs, soft fall surfacing for playgrounds, horse arenas, brake pads, tile adhesives, insulation purposes and sporting surfaces. The remaining tyres are used mainly for civil engineering projects, fuel for energy recovery systems and drainage aggregates.

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