A tyre recycling facility at Mowbray has been given the green light by the environmental watchdog.
The Environmental Protection Agency released its report into the proposed facility on Tuesday.
The proposal involves the delivery and storage of up to 1500 tonnes of end of life tyres in outdoor storage on a block of land within an industrial area of Launceston.
Also proposed is a purpose-built shed for a tyre shredder and moulding plant to process up to 8640 tonnes of waste tyres per annum, including storage for another 10 tonnes of tyres waiting processing.
“Various environmental issues were considered by the board in its assessment, particularly noise and fire management,” EPA director Wes Ford said.
The report said the proposed development could be managed in an environmentally sustainable manner, with some conditions.
- noise emission limits
- secure fencing around the site
- the proponent needs to develop a fire management and response plan to mitigate fire risk
The final hurdle for the development is for it to be approved by the City of Launceston council.
It’s believed the development will be assessed by the council on April 23 at its meeting.
Proponent Tim Chugg, of Phoenix Rubber, said in February he believed it would help fix the state’s tyre issues.
“We’re confident we’ll be the first one in Australia to fully control our scrap tyre problems,” Mr Chugg said in February.
“We think that is very exciting. Not only for the tyre industry, but for the state as a whole as far as sorting out a large environmental issue.”
One representation was received in relation to the development’s permit application.
The facility is expected to cost about $3.5 million and create 10 jobs. However environmental concerns have been raised by the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.
The report has been sent to the City of Launceston.