More and more vehicles appear on NZ roads every year, which also means there are more tyres being used and disposed.
And when you buy new tyres, where do the old tyres go? It’s something seldom considered by the average consumer, but a huge problem for our ecosystem, and for current and future generations. In Europe, more than 80 percent of old tyres are processed for reuse or recycling via the Responsible Recycler Scheme, and since 2006, EU rules have banned the disposal of tyres in landfill sites. Australia and New Zealand’s recycling standards are considered poor, in comparison to OECD nations, with less than 25 percent of old tyres being recycled in some form; in comparison, the USA recycles almost 95 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, with 45 percent used as fuel, 20 percent used in civil engineering and 30 percent turned into ground rubber.
The sustainable solution requires capital investment from both public and private entities, in regard to education of practical solutions, and equipment to recycle and reuse end-of-life tyres. Responsible end-of-life disposal is Tyre Recycling Waikato’s specialty. TRW deals with many businesses in the Waikato area, including new and used tyre sellers, wrecking yards, vehicle importers and compliancers, dealers, fleets, car, truck and bus companies and motorcycle shops and mechanics, for the safe disposal of used tyres.
In need of tyre disposing? Have you seen tyres dumped in a public place? Contact us for more info and we’ll arrange pick-up.