Build a Better Future Through Tyre Recycling by Researching Community and Environmental Risks
Medical, Biological and other Sciences
- This internship is able to cover project costs for domestic students only.
- The Industry Partner has implemented appropriate preparations to comply with Federal and State Government requirements regarding COVID-19 safety. Due to remote arrangements, this internship is now accepting applications from eligible PhD students nationwide.
- If your skillset is aligned with this internship and you are located remotely, please enquire with the Internship Contact to discuss possible arrangements.
ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PARTNER
Tyre Stewardship Australia has been formed to implement the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme to promote the development of viable markets for end-of-life tyres.
This will have the multiple benefits of transforming a waste product into a useful commodity, creating new industries and employment opportunities while also reducing the environmental harm caused by the illegal dumping of old tyres.
TSA is made up of representatives from across the tyre supply chain including tyre retailers, manufacturers, recyclers and collectors. TSA members also include the Australian Motor Industry Federation.
TSA’s mission is to collaboratively deliver the sustainable management, recycling and productive use of end of life tyres.
To advance circular economy principles within the sector, from accreditation to innovation; TSA aims to build awareness and facilitate the commercialisation of better opportunities provided by end of life tyres.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Gain industry experience in the environmental sector
- Build a strong industry network and accelerate your commercial acumen skills
- Interacting with global thought leaders across the world on best practices in recycling
- Opportunity to work with large manufacturers in Australian and overseas
- Potential to gain ongoing work in the sector
RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED
There is a concerted push to use recycled materials for environmental benefit. Conversely, in some instances, the use of recycled materials is perceived to pose risks to the environment and communities.
Therefore, this study into the use of recycled tyres is proposed to assess risks associated with the materials use in Australia to manage risks, real and perceived, to the community and environment while maintaining the viability of recycling markets.
Key aspects of the study will include but not be limited to the following:
- Review international studies that relate to the use and risks of using recycled tyre material in products that interact with people and the environment and relate to an Australian context
- Review international studies that relate to microplastics of tyres ‘in-use’ (as opposed to purely focusing on reuse and recycle markets)
- Identify where tyre-derived products (TDP) is used in Australia in volumes that interact with the environment and people and pose a risk – real or perceived. Examples include granules in playgrounds and sports fields, polymers in roads and/or cement use
- Characterise the risk: type of TDP used, production and use, exposure to environment and people and likely impact
- Quantify the value of high-risk markets in terms of return/sales to the resource recovery sector in Australia
- Provide preliminary advice on high risks to: people, the environment and markets for recycled materials
- Provide an overview of activities in Australia and abroad that relate to assessing and managing such risks in Australia: Ongoing studies, working groups, government review processes
- Identify further courses of action in Australia, including but not limited to:
- Further research, if required
- Involvement in working groups or research
- Communication and engagement with community and industry
- Labels and information to mitigate liabilities for product use
SKILLS WISH LIST
If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:
- Environmental Science background or a related Bachelor/Master’s degree
- Microplastics research desirable
- Ability to handle sensitive information with judgement and discretion
- Ability to conduct extensive literature review summarising key themes
- Excellent communication skills
- A positive can-do attitude
- One for TSA only
- A public facing summary/document for publication and/or marketing purposes
The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours and maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.
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