New regulations for storing tyres outdoors have been passed into law, and will come into effect on 20 August 2021.

“These regulations provide consistent rules across the country and give regional councils the power to implement the regulations, and make sure tyres are collected and stored in a way that does not harm our environment,” says Sam Buckle, Deputy Secretary, Ministry for the Environment.

The new national environmental standard is one of a set of initiatives to address the problem of what to do with end-of-life tyres in New Zealand. Another is regulated product stewardship.

Tyres are one of six priority products for regulated product stewardship schemes announced in July 2020

A regulated tyre stewardship scheme will encourage more and better uses for end-of-life tyres. Consultation on regulations to support a product stewardship scheme for tyres is planned for later this year. 

The Government also supports innovative ways to recycle tyres through the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund.

For full details of the new regulations, see here.

For more information about the group overseeing a product stewardship scheme for tyres, called Tyrewise, see here.