Proposed National Environmental Standard for the Outdoor Storage of Tyres

A proposed national environmental standard would enable local authorities to appropriately manage risks posed by outdoor tyre stores to the environment, human health, and local communities.

Update 25 August 2020

Cabinet has approved the policy content and drafting of a National Environmental Standard for the outdoor storage of tyres (NES). When the NES regulations are drafted, they go back to Cabinet for a final decision. We expect this would happen late 2020 with the regulations coming into force in 2021.

Consultation on the proposed NES was undertaken from February to April 2020. Fifty submissions were received, mostly supportive of the proposed changes. A summary of the NES proposal is set out in the Cabinet paper below.

Related information

Cabinet paper: National Environmental Standard for the Outdoor Storage of Tyres policy recommendations

Read the regulatory impact statement

Read the summary of submissions with recommendations (section 46A report)

View the individual submissions

Read the Associate Minister's media release on the Beehive website

The Government has also recently announced tyres as one of six priority products for regulated product stewardship. See the Regulated product stewardship web page

Get updates on the NES development

For notifications on the NES and other tyre policy developments email the Waste and Resource Efficiency team.

Why have an NES?

About four million used car tyres and one million used truck and other vehicle tyres are generated annually in New Zealand. The majority of these are disposed of to landfills, stored on land or unaccounted for. Tyres stored outdoors pose risks to the environment, human health, and local communities.

There are currently no national rules to manage the outdoor storage of tyres. Rules for storing tyres are determined by regional and district councils under the framework of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Local Government Act 2002.

In September 2016, the National-led Government included nationally-consistent rules for the responsible storage of tyres to its list of priorities for national direction, see A way forward for national direction - 2016. The first consultation on the NES was held in 2017. Find out more on the 2017 consultation.