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Waste tyres economic research: Intervention options to promote investment in on-shore waste tyres recycling

Publication date:  July 2015
Publication reference number:  CR 212

In 2014, the Ministry for the Environment commissioned KPMG to research economic barriers to tyre recycling in New Zealand. The report focused on identifying:
•    economic drivers and barriers to investment in tyre recycling
•    potential government interventions to address the barriers
•    recommendations for implementation strategies.

The report confirmed that investment in recycling remains hampered by three principal barriers including limited markets for recycled tyre products, a lack of scale, and insufficient funding in the absence of markets. 

KPMG shortlisted three intervention options for which a cost-benefit analysis was completed: status quo; bounded free market; and mandatory product stewardship.