The proposed national environmental standard would enable local authorities to appropriately manage the risks posed by outdoor tyre stores to the environment, human health, and local communities.
About the proposed 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 proposed NES would enable local authorities to appropriately manage the risks posed by outdoor tyre stores to the environment, human health, and local communities.
We held a public consultation on the proposed National Environmental Standard for the Outdoor Storage of Tyres (NES) in mid-2017. There were 35 submissions. These were mostly supportive of an NES, but raised questions and issues about the proposal. For instance, there were conflicting views on the threshold for resource consent and there was support to widen the scope of the proposed NES to include other requirements, for instance, mandatory documentation for tyre transactions.
We will continue to work on the proposed NES in collaboration with council waste management experts to ensure it is fit-for-purpose. We expect the NES to be completed December 2019/early 2020.
We are also working with the tyre industry on a proposal for a mandatory product stewardship scheme for tyres. For more information see the Tyrewise website.
Find out more
If you would like to be on the email list for notifications about the NES and other tyre policy developments, please email the Resource Efficiency and Innovation team on REI@mfe.govt.nz.
Minister's media release (22 June 2017) [Beehive website]