Waste tyres as whole units cannot be disposed to landfill in South Australia. This is because the tyres do not compact and can flex back to the surface after burial. Waste tyres stored in large quantities can present a fire hazard and harbour disease vectors such as mosquitoes and vermin.
The EPA is committed to ensuring that tyres are stored, transported and disposed of in a manner that minimises their negative effect on the environment. In line with this, the EPA encourages the reuse and recycling of waste tyres in preference to disposal where sound beneficial options exist.
Waste tyres are often reused to hold plastic sheeting over silage production pits. Approval should be sought from the EPA to use waste tyres in silage production.
Information required by the EPA on any proposed use of waste tyres for silage production should be provided on a silage production form (available on request from the EPA).
Outdoors tyre storage (Guideline 13), reflecting Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) requirements must be adhered to when waste tyres are not being used in silage production.
Waste tyres must also be removed from the site of silage production if no longer required, to an approved depot. The following forms must be filled and handed in depending on how many tyres are removed:
- Waste tyres for silage less than 5 tonnes per year.
- Waste tyres for silage more than 5 tonnes of tyres per year.
More information can be found in the Waste tyres guideline.