Environmental protection

28 August 2020

­The auto industry is doing its bit

Looking after this planet is not optional. We only get one and if we get it wrong, we get it wrong for the next generation. And that’s unforgivable.

The automotive industry is doing a lot behind the scenes to help.

Two programs that VACC members are currently involved with include Tyre Stewardship Australia and Green Stamp. Both are designed to improve the way businesses conduct themselves when it comes to environmental responsibility.

According to Tyre Stewardship Australia, forty million tyres are disposed of in Australia every year and end up in landfill. That’s a huge problem. The good news is that tyres can be recycled and used in lots of worthy applications. Some tyres are repurposed in the road-making process. Some end up in children’s playgrounds as cushioning ground cover. These are examples of simple, yet clever uses for a product that all too often ends up in the ground. 

The Green Stamp accreditation program helps and rewards businesses implementing environmental sustainability initiatives in day-to-day operations. The program aims to put the focus on automotive businesses that make environmental considerations a priority. With Green Stamp accreditation you can trust that participating businesses go above and beyond their legislative environmental requirements.

So, if you care about the environment, ask your local automotive business what they are doing to protect it. Are they disposing of tyres and fluids ethically? Do they recycle consumables? Ask them if they are Green Stamp accredited. If they answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, you can always go elsewhere.

Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. As featured in the Herald Sun 28 August 2020.

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