Ministry for the Environment Waste Tyres Economic Research Report
Intervention options to promote investment in on-shore waste tyres recycling
In 2014 as part of the process covered in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 to consider declaration of tyres as a priority product waste stream, Former Minster for the Environment, Honourable Amy Adams, called for further investigation into the intervention options to promote investment in on-shore waste tyre recycling.
This was specifically to look at the current barriers to investment which were not fully covered by the scope of the Tyrewise project. These were identified as limited addressable end-use market sized, business model requiring scale and insufficient funding.
Three models were assessed by KPMG, these were:
The Tyrewise Economic Modelling and Cost Benefit Analysis were provided to KPMG as background material. This was delivered in June 2015 to MfE who have advised that it “needs to be digested by the Ministry and advice provided to the Minister. After which the most appropriate next step would be to publish the report on the Ministry’s website. As soon as this is done they will send a link to Tyrewise for onward distribution. 08/06/2015”.
The activities associated with end-of-life tyres can have significant impacts on local communities and the environment. Local government is expected to manage this tyre problem, but currently doesn’t have the legislative tools to do so. Some people are taking advantage of the current absence of regulation and there are some shocking examples out there of what not to do with end of life tyres.
That’s why we’ve developed a document for local government that provides guidance for the storage and stockpiling of end of life tyres. It provides information on the risks associated with storage and disposal of these tyres, guidance as to when it’s appropriate to intervene, and lists the intervention options currently available under the Resource Management Act.
Common end of life tyre scenarios can be used by local government to help decide what to do when encountering a similar situation, if it’s appropriate to take action and how.
The guideline document and scenarios have been developed by Waikato Regional Council in close collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Massey University, Environment Canterbury, Auckland Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Gisborne District Council, Horizons Regional Council and Hawkes Bay Regional Council.