Proposed national environmental standard for the outdoor storage of tyres

Under development
This regulation is not finalised or in effect.

Proposed nationally-consistent rules for the responsible storage of tyres.

Would be under the

Resource Management Act

Lead agency



Cabinet has approved the policy content and drafting of a National Environmental Standard for the outdoor storage of tyres (NES).

The NES is likely to take effect in 2021.

Consultation on the proposed NES was held from February to April 2020.

Why it is needed

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 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.

The Government has recently announced tyres as one of six priority products for regulated product stewardship.

Visit the Regulated product stewardship web page.

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

Get updates

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