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.
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.