spoke to Tyre Recycling Waikato Director Alvin Cobb on his plans to export and recycle old tyres.

"..At the end of a long driveway, hidden from sight in King Country, an Everest of torn, bald and stinking tyres grows day by day. It's a stingray-shaped patch of land, a disused quarry, in a valley surrounded by dairy support runoff. Some of the quarry walls are crumbling, making for an eerie atmosphere under the stench of an mountain range of old rubber. Its owner, Alvin Cobb, estimated about 700,000 tyres are sitting on the site. He said he inherited at least 500,000 when he bought the near-16 hectare site in a mortgagee sale last year..." read more

Alvin and Rohan Cobb are spokespersons for the tyre and tyre recycling industry.
To arrange an interview, contact TRW.


Retyred Furniture is a specialist in custom-designed garden and outdoor furniture made from 100% recycled tyres. Locally based in Taupo, with stockists in six locations across New Zealand, recycled tyre designs include tables and comfortable woven chairs, lounges, pots, baskets, trunks, mirrors and more.  TRW is a partner with Retyred Furniture, with display furniture at its two Hamilton B Select stores, at Te Rapa and Hamilton Central. Contact us, or drop in to see some samples of some funky furniture with a green twist.



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.


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Tyre Uses

Through recycling and reuse, there are many ways end-of-life tyres can become useful and effective. From grounding for children’s playgrounds, artificial turf and athletics fields, rubberised roads that help reduce road noise by 25 percent, to retaining walls for construction, racetrack safety barriers, grain silage and commercial and private uses. If you’ve got an idea for old tyres, or would like free tyres for your own art, design or sculpting project, contact Tyre Recycling Waikato.