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What is Tyrewise?
Tyrewise is the accredited product stewardship scheme for end-of-life tyres in Aotearoa New Zealand. The scheme was designed by industry with support from government. It is the mechanism by which those in the supply chain take responsibility for the environmental impact of their product at its end of life under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. Tyrewise will enable the nationwide resource recovery of end-of-life tyres in New Zealand to ensure this resource is not wasted, but rather creates economic and social benefits.
Why do we need a stewardship scheme for end-of-life tyres?
End-of-life tyres represent a huge potential resource that is lost when they are dumped, stockpiled or enter landfill. A stewardship scheme means that everyone who imports or distributes tyres must participate equally. And, as a consumer, you can be certain that when you pay for a new tyre, at its end-of-life that tyre will be responsibly managed within the scheme so its resources are recovered.
What is a circular economy?
A circular economy is a model of production and consumption based on eliminating waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use at the highest possible value for as long as possible, and regenerating natural systems. This is the opposite of a linear economy which is characterised by the phrase "take, make, waste". Finding innovative solutions for end-of-life tyres and ending tyre waste is in line with a circular economy.
What is regulated product stewardship?
Regulated product stewardship is when regulations are used to:
- increase circular resource use;
- place responsibilities for managing end-of-life products on producers, importers and retailers rather than on communities, councils, neighbourhoods and nature.
Regulated product stewardship generally starts when a product is declared a priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 by the Minister for the Environment. This allows additional steps to be taken to manage its environmental effects.
You can read more about priority products and regulated product stewardship on the Ministry for the Environment website.
What regulation gives Tyrewise its mandate?
The regulations relating to stewardship of tyres under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 have been published in several stages. The key regulation is the Waste Minimisation (Tyres) Regulations 2023. You can find out more on our Regulations page.
When does Tyrewise start?
Regulated product stewardship for tyres will have a phased rollout. The regulation comes into effect from 1 March 2024. This is the Tyrewise administrative launch. From this date the fees for regulated tyres will be introduced, known as tyre stewardship fees. Tyrewise will be fully operational from 1 September 2024 which enables free collection for registered participants, payments to registered collection sites, and domestic market incentives for processing and manufacturing to commence.
See the Regulation Timeline.
When can we expect to be paid by Tyrewise?
Payments to registered Transporters and Collection Sites, as well as any incentives for domestic market processing and manufacturing will commence from 1 September 2024 when Tyrewise is fully operational.
See the Regulation Timeline
What tyres are covered by Tyrewise?
The Waste Minimisation (Tyres) Regulations 2023 covers all pneumatic (air filled) and solid tyres for use on motorised vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, aircraft, and off-road vehicles. These are Tyrewise Scope One tyres. Bicycle tyres, tyres for non-motorised equipment such as prams, and coils for retreads will come under Tyrewise at a later stage. These are Scope Two tyres.
Find out more in the Regulation.
Do tyres have to be clean when collected by a registered processor?
End-of-life tyres must be free of debris and dirt inside and out when collected for processing. If a tyre is not clean, registered Collection Sites are not obligated to accept them. Consumers will be asked to clean them before they can be accepted. Collection Sites, Generators and Tyre Retailers are responsible for ensuring end-of-life tyres are stored in a way that minimises contamination from dirt and other debris.
What is the tyre stewardship fee?
Replacing the ad hoc disposal charges, the tyre stewardship fee (previously known as the Advanced Stewardship Fee or Advanced Disposal Fee) covers the future management of the tyre on which it is paid. The fees are set in the Waste Minimisation (Tyres) Regulations 2023.
What will the tyre stewardship fee be used for?
The fee will be used to cover the following activities:
- management of the scheme
- tyre collection services
- incentive payment for processing and tyre-derived product manufacture for the domestic market
- research and development grants
- monitoring of the scheme by Ministry for the Environment
How does the tyre stewardship fee work?
The fee will initially be paid by the importer of loose or fitted regulated tyres. This fee must be passed on to consumers. Importers, retailers and tyre fitters (generators) must ensure the fee is transparently declared at each point in the tyre sales process – from importer to retailer/generator, and from retailer/generator to consumer. Tyrewise will ask for proof of this.
How much are the tyre stewardship fees?
The fees for regulated tyres have been modelled on $6.65 (excl. GST) per Equivalent Passenger Unit (EPU). An EPU is based on a new standard passenger tyre of approximately 9.5kg. All tyre types have been grouped according to factors such as their size and function and assigned an average EPU value. For example, on average a motorbike tyre is 0.5 EPU and a large truck tyre is 4.2 EPU. For imported tyres, this is based on a tyre type that corresponds to the tariff item.
Schedule 2 of the Waste Minimisation (Tyres) Regulation 2023 sets the exact fees payable.
Where do I see the Fee I'm paying?
The Tyre Stewardship Fee must be transparently disclosed when it is oncharged.
Loose tyres: The Tyre Stewardship Fee should be charged separately to the tyre cost. If the seller's system doesn’t have room for the description as a line item, they may refer to it as the TSF, and describe it elsewhere on the invoice.
Prices can be advertised that include the Tyrewise Stewardship Fee, as long as it is shown separately on an invoice or receipt We have created some examples.
Vehicles: It can be included in On Road Costs (ORC), as long as it is disclosed as a separate item on the sale agreement or invoice.
Why is there variation of the fee within tyre and vehicle categories?
All fees are based on a calculation of $6.65 (excl. GST) per Equivalent Passenger Unit (EPU) (9.5 kg of tyre). Limitations due to systems and data (eg, RUC and tariff codes) mean that some variations apply on the final fee payable. This applies mainly to non-standard vehicles, such as agricultural machines, mobile machines and ATVs.
Any fee is changed through a legislative process, which will include public consultation.
Why aren’t the fees a set percentage of the cost of a tyre?
Why does charging of tyre stewardship fees start before Tyrewise is operating?
What happens if a new tyre is purchased between 1 March 2024 and 31 August 2024 and that same tyre becomes end of life during that period prior to Tyrewise starting collections?
- The Retailer cannot charge the customer a disposal fee on a tyre for which that customer has already paid the Tyre Stewardship Fee
- The Retailer should notify Tyrewise of tyres that have been purchased between 1 March 2024 and become end of life before 1 September 2024 so that they record these tyres as legitimate “stock held over” for collection by Tyrewise from 1 September 2024. The Retailer will be required to provide evidence of purchase and end of life within the date of 1 March 2024 and 31 August 2024.
- If the Retailer is unable to accommodate the stored volume of these specific tyres on site, they or their customers should make alternate arrangements for storage of these tyres for collection after 1 Sept 2024.
- A fee will have been paid on these tyres, and they should be eligible for free collection in due course once Tyrewise can start.
Do second-hand tyres attract tyre stewardship fees under the regulations?
From 1 March 2024, second-hand regulated tyres that are imported into the country will attract tyre stewardship fees in the same way as new regulated tyre imports. Second-hand tyres which originated in Aotearoa New Zealand will not require payment of tyre stewardship fees at point of sale as this will have already been paid at the time of the original import. Tyres deemed suitable for sale on the second-hand market should be stored separately by generators and tyre retailers as their management is not covered by Tyrewise.
Why do I have to register with Tyrewise?
In order to be paid or receive an incentive Tyrewise, participants must register with the scheme and agree to act in accordance with the scheme’s requirements. Manufacturers only need to register if they wish to receive incentive payments for eligible products for the domestic market.
What does the registration process involve?
We will register you as a Tyrewise partner in our database. You may receive a link to collect further information about your organisation and ensure we have the correct contact information. Most partners will then receive a site visit to collect key information relevant to your role in Tyrewise. You can see what type of information will be required in the Registration Guides. For example, with tyre retailers we will be looking site access, typical volumes and your ideal collection schedule.
How do I become a registered collection site, transporter or processor?
You can start the registration process online. We will also be sending known importers, retailers, generators, transporters, processors and manufacturers a link to confirm, and add to, the information we have about you. The Tyrewise team will then be in touch by phone or to organise a face-to-face visit.
How will importers pay fees on regulated tyres?
Fees on regulated tyres will be captured in one of three ways:
- Road-registered vehicles – fees are paid to Waka Kotahi at point of first registration;
- Non-road registered vehicles – fees are paid to Ministry for the Environment on declared imports and domestic manufacture; and
- Loose tyres – fees are paid to Ministry for the Environment on declared tyre imports and domestically manufactured tyres.
Details about the process and compliance will be added shortly.
How will the fee be calculated on imports of loose tyres?
The fee is calculated based on the Tariff items specified in Schedule 2, Table 1 of the regulations.
NZ Customs has published guidance documents in relation to the use of Tariff items for the fee. Click here to read the guidance.
Other information on the use of Tariff items can be found here.
Download the factsheet for loose tyre importers, retailers and fitters here.
Requesting collections, booking jobs, disputing loads
What is the Tyrewise tracking software?
Tyrewise has commissioned software that helps everyone involved in Tyrewise work together seamlessly. The software will track tyres from collection to processing, providing verified volume and weight data which will enable payments and incentives to be paid to registered participants. The software is designed to be as simple as possible. Transactions can be generated easily and verified on the go with mobile devices or on a PC. Data is tracked and matched at pivotal points in the process.
Registered participants, both big and small, will be able to report on how you are taking responsibility within the supply chain. You will also be able to see aggregated data on how the scheme is performing against its targets and objectives. Local councils will be able to report on their activity to support their regional waste plans. The software will be in use from 1 September 2024 when Tyrewise is operational.
What checks and balances are in place to ensure accuracy of loads?
Every transaction must be verified by the registered participant at pick up and by the registered processor at drop off. Without this double verification, no payments are made.
What if there is no one to verify my load?
You can self-verify your load if no one is available to verify it for you. You must provide photos or weighbridge dockets to evidence the load. Any loads which are not double verified will be checked before payment is made.
How do I dispute a load?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the job number from the Tyrewise tracking software for the load in question, full details of your enquiry and your contact details.
Who can I contact if I have problems using the software?
Please email email@example.com with details of the issues and your contact details. If your enquiry is urgent please phone 0800 897 394.
Will I receive training on the Tyrewise tracking software?
The Tyrewise software has designed to be as simple as possible to use and has been tested in the field. Training on the software will be provided before it goes live in 1 September 2024. In addition, webinars, instruction guides, and other support will be provided.
End use markets
Will we have sufficient capacity to recycle all our end-of-life tyres when Tyrewise commences?
Around 40% of end-of-life tyres in Aotearoa New Zealand are recycled. Extra capacity exists but requires support from Tyrewise to ensure the tyres get where they need to be. Once launched, Tyrewise will work with industry to improve the recycling rate to reach our targets of 80% of tyres collected and processed by the fourth year of operation and over 90% by the sixth year.
What happens to end-of-life tyres now?
A mix of end uses is currently available in Aotearoa New Zealand through a number of different companies. These include playground matting, sportsgrounds, arena dressing, and cement production (both as fuel and ingredient). There are also promising uses for end-of-life tyres currently being researched and tested including rubber in roading (extensively used overseas) and rubber in residential foundations to improve earthquake resilience. You can read about these in the case studies on our website.
How will incentives for end markets be managed?
The regulations set guidelines for the payment of incentives for end products using tyre-derived product or fuel for the domestic market. Manufacturers will be required to provide proof of sale for incentives to be paid.
View the Incentive Schedule
How will offshore end markets be verified?
Tyrewise plans to adopt Tyre Stewardship Australia’s proven independent verification system: Foreign End Market Verification (FEVM) run by Intertek Inlight. This will ensure any exports of tyre-derived product or tyre-derived fuel are not causing environmental or social harm in the end market. Tyrewise will manage this process directly with Manufacturers (End Users). If you are new to the market and need to discuss end market verification, please contact the Tyrewise team.
How will Tyrewise manage large Off the Road Tyres (OTRs) such as mining tyres?
Tyrewise will incentivise the market to collect and develop processing options for large OTRs. Mining tyres will be collected and stored until a solution can be found. Fees paid on mining tyres will be ringfenced for a solution.
Who do I speak to about my solution for the beneficial use of end-of-life tyres?
Email Tyrewise and include some brief information about your solution and we will be in touch.
Stockpiles and legacy tyres
Can I store tyres outside?
Registered Tyrewise partners can store tyres outside but they must comply with the National Environmental Standard for the Outdoor Storage of Tyres. Tyrewise will ask for evidence that you comply with this.
How will stockpiles be managed?
Local government authorities are primarily responsible for managing land use and associated environmental effects relating to end-of-life tyres.
From 1 September 2024, Tyrewise will be responsible for ensuring that end-of-life tyres aren’t stockpiled to the point where the problem has become large and intervention by local government is required.
Under the regulation, Tyrewise cannot use fees paid on regulated tyres to manage existing stockpiles. We will work with central and local government to manage existing stockpiles using the National Environmental Standard for the Outdoor Storage of Tyres as guidance.
If there is a tyre stockpile you are concerned about, either:
a) report it to your local regional council or
b) report it to Tyrewise
What is Auto Stewardship New Zealand?
- receiving aggregated product data and financial reports, providing oversight of the scheme on behalf of participating importers, retailers and others in the supply chain,
- awarding and monitoring commercial contracts for service delivery;
- setting strategic plans and auditing against these;
- managing the use of funds against the purpose, mission and vision of the scheme; and
- working with Technical Advisory Groups for the betterment of the scheme.
What is the Tyrewise Working Group?
The Tyrewise Working Group is a coalition of representatives from importers of tyres loose and on vehicles, garages and generators of tyres, collection and processors of end-of-life tyres and consumer representatives who came together to develop a stewardship programme for end-of-life tyres. These stakeholders held a mandate making clear their responsibility and authority to act on behalf of the entity they represent.
The working group will cease to exist from February 2024 and the advisory role will be held by Technical Advisory Groups.
What are the Technical Advisory Groups?
The Technical Advisory Groups act as a sounding board for Auto Stewardship New Zealand (the Product Stewardship Organisation) and the scheme manager. They provide specialist advice on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that Tyrewise will be measured against. The Technical Advisory Groups must be representative of the supply chain and will include a mix of large corporates to small entities, including non-for-profit organisations.
There will be six Groups initially set up for Tyrewise.