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End of life tyres

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 Every year between four and five million tyres reach the end of their life cycle in New Zealand. These tyres are a massive burden to our country, because we do not have a permanent solution for them. Not yet at least. Which means these tyres get added to last year’s pile.

The activities associated with these tyres can have significant impacts on local communities and the environment. Local government is expected to manage this tyre problem, but currently doesn’t have the legislative tools to do so. Some people are taking advantage of the current absence of regulation and there are some shocking examples out there of what not to do with end of life tyres.

Guidance for storing and stockpiling end of life tyres 

That’s why we’ve developed a document for local government that provides guidance for the storage and stockpiling of end of life tyres. It provides information on the risks associated with storage and disposal of these tyres, guidance as to when it’s appropriate to intervene, and lists the intervention options currently available under the Resource Management Act.

Common end of life tyre scenarios

These scenarios can be used by local government to help decide what to do when encountering a similar situation, if it’s appropriate to take action and how.


Scenario one

Building a retaining wall

Scenario two

Illegal dumping

Scenario three

Storing without end use

Scenario four

Out of season silage stack

Scenario five

Retailer storage

Scenario six

Recycling start-up





The guideline document and scenarios have been developed by Waikato Regional Council in close collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Massey University, Environment Canterbury, Auckland Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Gisborne District Council, Horizons Regional Council and Hawkes Bay Regional Council.