The journey to tyre stewardship

In 2020, tyres were one of the six waste streams confirmed by the then Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage, as ‘priority products’ – tyres, synthetic greenhouse gases, agricultural chemicals, farm plastics, e-waste and plastic packaging. This meant that the industry’s desire for a regulated product stewardship programme, which would provide a level playing field, would be realised.

Current situation

A key aspect of the implementation is a four-month operational trial based from Hawke’s Bay. The trial will ensure the Tyrewise systems, particularly new tyre tracking software, is working correctly.

At the same time, a formal process by Cabinet is underway. This will set the quantum of the Advance Disposal Fee which will be collected to fund the scheme. The collection of the fee can start once Cabinet has completed their part and six months after a formal announcement has been made by the Minister for the Environment.

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