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The Government is introducing a National Environment Standard under the Resource Management Act to provide consistent rules across the country around the environmental risks of outdoor tyre storage. Regional councils will be responsible for implementation.
Improving the rules around tyre storage helps fulfil New Zealand First’s Coalition Agreement.
The NES will set conditions where more than 20m3 (about 250 car tyres) are stored outside; including a requirement to set back tyre piles from sensitive areas such as rivers and streams.
Outdoor storage of 100m3 of tyres (approximately 1250 car tyres) or more will require a resource consent, with exemptions for silage tyres and new tyres.
The NES does not affect the re-use of tyres for legitimate purposes such as barriers on raceways.
More information about the NES for the outdoor storage of tyres is available on the Ministry for the Environment’s website: https://www.mfe.govt.nz/waste/proposed-national-environmental-standard-outdoor-storage-of-tyres
Here’s how it is officially recorded –
25 AUGUST 2020
The Government is introducing environmental standards for tyres stored outdoors announced Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage.