Wellington, New Zealand: New rules for
outdoor tyre storage have passed into law with the gazetting
of the New Environmental Standards (NES) under the Resource
Management Act (RMA 1991). The regulations come into force
on 20 August 2021.
“Outdoor storage of tyres can
pose risks to our environment and health, especially in the
event of a fire. The previous regulatory framework under the
RMA did not sufficiently address these risks.
introducing these new environmental standards for tyres
stored outside, the Government is reducing environmental and
“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,” said Sam Buckle, Deputy Secretary, Ministry
for the Environment.
The NES 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.
Government also supports innovative ways to recycle tyres
through the Ministry for the Environment’s (MfE’s) Waste
Minimisation Fund (WMF).
“Environment Minister David
Parker recently opened the Golden Bay Cement plant, which
uses waste tyres as fuel. This business-led innovation
reduces a significant waste problem, reuses a valuable
resource, and reduces carbon emissions by about 13,000
tonnes a year.
“The Government encourages business
and industry to come up with similar ideas to use and reuse
our resources innovatively with our environment in mind.”
Sam Buckle said.
The Resource Management (National
Environmental Standards for Storing Tyres Outdoors)
Regulations 2021 can
be accessed here.
More information about the NES
for storing tyres outdoors is available on MfE’s