Tyre association proudly supports environmental initiative

Consumers also play a role in responsible tyre disposal by handing waste tyres to registered dealers. This association makes a fine example as it takes this matter head-on.

The Tyre, Equipment, Parts Association (Tepa) actively supports the “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration” initiative.

Vishal Premlall, national director of Tepa, part of the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), emphasises the importance of asking: “What can we do to help protect the environment?”

He highlights the significant challenges facing automotive consumers and businesses, including the correct disposal of tyres, oil, batteries and other potentially harmful products. Tepa collaborates with its members, particularly tyre traders, to ensure registration for waste tyre collections with the Waste Tyre Bureau.

This initiative aims to expedite waste tyre collections and promote responsible recycling practices.

Recycled waste tyre collection is vital for environmental sustainability. In South Africa, the Waste Tyre Bureau oversees waste tire collection under the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.

Proper management of tyres prevents environmental harm and enables innovative recycling methods. Recycling is crucial for a sustainable future. The minister of forestry, fisheries and the environment recently introduced a Section 29 plan for industry comment. This plan aims to improve the management of waste tyres, enhance processing capacity and mitigate the negative environmental impacts.

Vishal Premlall – National Director TEPA

Improper tyre disposal poses severe environmental and health risks, from fire hazards to toxins leaking into soil and water. Despite government efforts, millions of waste tyres remain stockpiled, with many more in backyards and informal dumpsites. Tyres take thousands of years to decompose, contributing to the growing issue of plastic pollution in water systems and the food chain. The resultant costs and health hazards are significant. Ethical tyre traders must ensure proper registration and collection of their waste.

Premlall advises consumers to consult registered Tepa businesses for tyre health checks and disposal guidance. Illegal stockpiles can be reported via the Tepa Whistle Blower Hotline, enabling Tepa to co-ordinate with the department for resolution.

Amid a looming environmental crisis, Premlall urges the public not to exacerbate the situation by adding to tyre stockpiles. When replacing tyres, leave waste tyres with Tepa dealers for lawful disposal. “We all have a responsibility to protect the environment. Let’s play our role!” concludes Premlall.

Source: Cathy Findley PR


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