The rubber is about to hit the road for sustainable outcomes with Singleton Council’s first-ever tyre drop-off day.
Singleton residents are invited to unload up to four motorbike, car, 4WD or light truck tyres for free at the Singleton Waste Management Facility on Saturday 20 March.
And, in addition to the cost savings, they’ll also be helping the environment with 82% of each tyre recycled in a range of ways including road production, playground and sporting surfaces, civil infrastructure, and engineering projects.
Council’s director infrastructure and planning Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the free tyre drop-off day was another new waste initiative for 2021.
It joins the popular Mattress Muster in addressing objectives outlined in the Singleton Sustainability Strategy.
“Each year in Australia, 48 million tyres reach the end of their life, but only 16% are recycled with most ending up in landfill,” Mr Fitzpatrick-Barr said.
“Old tyres are such a valuable resource with a stack of valuable re-use, recycling, and waste to energy options.
“Driven by the actions set out in the Singleton Sustainability Strategy, the tyre drop-off day aims to transform this waste product into a useful commodity, which not only directs waste from landfill but also reduces environmental harm caused by the illegal dumping of old tyres or stockpiling, which present a very serious fire danger.
“But, we know that disposing of unwanted tyres can be expensive.
“So, we recognised this as a service that would benefit the community in more ways than one – to help people get rid of old tyres cost effectively, as well as to make sure that they are then properly disposed of productively and sustainably.”
The first tyre drop-off day will take place on Saturday 20 March between 10am and 2pm at the Waste Management Facility on Dyrring Road, Fern Gully.
Proof of address will be required and there is a limit of four tyres per customer.