Tyre importers must pay the fee on regulated tyres
The regulations prohibit the sale of regulated tyres except in accordance with the accredited scheme.
From 1 March 2024, the fee must be paid by:
- importers of loose regulated tyres
- importers of off-road motor vehicles and aircraft that have regulated tyres attached to them
- a person that registers a motor vehicle (with regulated tyres attached to it) that has not previously been registered
- a person that manufactures a loose regulated tyre that is then sold in New Zealand (tyres that are re-treaded in New Zealand are not manufactured in New Zealand for the purposes of these regulations).
Members of the public (tyre owners)
From September 2024, members of the public will be able to take their end-of-life tyres to registered collection sites (eg, a mechanic, tyre retailer or community collection site) to be managed at no cost to them through the scheme. However only tyres that have had a fee paid by liable parties will be accepted by the scheme
The tyre stewardship fee may be passed onto consumers, replacing the existing ad-hoc tyre collection fees often charged by tyre retailers to their customers for the collection and disposal of end-of-life tyres.
Because they were not regulated, these ad-hoc fees did not guarantee the safe disposal of end-of-life tyres. In contrast, the tyre stewardship fee allows a transparent chain of custody for all disposed and transformed tyres.
All businesses and individuals who participate in the tyre market
From 1 March 2024, businesses and individuals who participate in the tyre market must register with the scheme by visiting the Tyrewise website and complying with the scheme’s guidelines.
Registered participants in the Tyrewise scheme will help the scheme manager to achieve their targets by providing services for the management of end-of-life tyres and following the scheme’s guidelines.
Take-back service operators and tyre processors
Operators of end-of-life tyre collection, transportation, and processing services will enter into agreements with the scheme to provide their services for the sustainable management of end-of-life tyres. The scheme manager will report on the scheme’s performance to the Ministry.
Tyrewise will pay service fees to tyre collectors, transporters, and manufacturers, and incentive payments to tyre processors for domestic uses. The types of activities eligible for incentive payments are set in regulations. No incentive payments will be offered for exported tyre products.