Tyrewise - Recycling for end of life tyres


Tyrewise is a product stewardship programme in development. We don’t yet have all the answers!

As we progress we will endeavour to answer the most common questions here.

What is Tyrewise?
Tyrewise is the industry-led product stewardship solution for end of life tyres. It calls for tyres to be declared as priority product under the provisions of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. It will provide for the nationwide recovery and safe disposal of End of Life Tyres (ELTs) in New Zealand. You can find out more about the latest developments on the News page.

Who is responsible for the development of Tyrewise?
During the project phase a stakeholder working group (Tyrewise Working Group) was overseeing the development of the programme, with the Product Stewardship Foundation (PSF), a registered charitable trust set up to act as an incubator for stewardship programmes in NZ, holding overall responsibility. Now that the project phase has been completed Auto Stewardship New Zealand will take over from PSF.

What is Auto Stewardship New Zealand?
Auto Stewardship New Zealand (ASNZ) is a not-for-profit charitable trust which will work as an umbrella organisation for all aspects of “autos” including and beyond tyres.

What is the Tyrewise Project?
Background and reports from the project phase of Tyrewise development are available here.

What is the Tyrewise Working Group?
The Tyrewise Working Group (TWG) is a coalition of industry representatives who came together to develop a stewardship programme for ELTs. To ensure that the eventual programme has the highest opportunity for success, these stakeholders hold a mandate making clear their responsibility and authority to act on behalf of the entity they represent.

The Group, including Project Managers, 3R Group, will continue to act in an advisory group capacity during the interim phase from completion of the project to scheme implementation.

What is the preferred product stewardship programme recommended by the Tyrewise Working Group?
The Final Summary Report gives a clear overview of the ELT problem within New Zealand and the Working Group’s proposed solution, including guiding principles, costs and benefits, explanation of incentives and proposed timelines.
Key points from the report are:

When will it start?
The working group submitted a proposed product stewardship scheme to the then Minister for the Environment in August 2013. This marked the end of the project phase of the development of Tyrewise.

The next stages are dependent on the current Minister for the Environment and actual timeframes are unknown, although the Final Summary Report (section 3.3.6) does outline a potential timeline for scheme implementation. The working group participants have invited engagement with Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.

To keep up to date with what’s happening you can check out our recent News or sign up to receive the Tyrewise e-newsletter which will keep you abreast of developments. Simply email your contact details to info@tyrewise.co.nz.

How do I become a collection site, transporter or processor?
If you’re interested in becoming a registered collection site, transporter or processor, register your interest with the Tyrewise team by emailing info@tyrewise.co.nz or freephone 0800 TYREWISE (0800 897 394).

Will the programme address the environmental and economic impacts of End of Life Tyre stewardship?
The negative environmental and economic impact of end of life tyres which are not disposed of appropriately is well documented. Considering the environmental impact of stewardship during the development of Tyrewise is crucial to the eventual sustainability of a commercial programme.

The working group evaluated which option has the best prospects of reducing greenhouse gases from tyre fires, reducing toxicity of leachate from stockpiles and reducing waste to landfill. The programme will be developed and audited against ISO 14001 Environmental Standards to ensure a robust system to meet environmental targets.

The preferred programme will bring a realistic price into the purchase phase of the tyre life cycle (reducing the risk of failure) and ensure recovery / recycling processors are “fit for purpose” and mitigate harm to the environment.

Can I still have my say?
You can submit feedback, comments or suggestions on Tyrewise at any stage by emailing info@tyrewise.co.nz or freephone 0800 TYREWISE (0800 897 394).