Bridgestone endorses action on end-of-life tyres
Dumping and stockpiling of tyres will become a thing of the past after the Government declared end-of-life tyres a priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
Each year New Zealand generates over 70,000 tonnes of old tyres, and henceforth these will be responsibly managed, meaning an end to illegal stockpiling and dumping. The regulatory scheme has a disposal fee built into the cost of tyres and that will be used to ensure they are responsibly handled.
Bridgestone has welcomed the announcement of regulation to end-of-life tyre processing in the country. The company has been a long-term supporter of the Tyrewise project, set up with the aim of end-of-life tyre disposal, and advocates responsible and sustainable management.
Director of the Bridgestone New Zealand, John Staples, says that this government announcement means an opportunity to maximise the economic and environmental benefits of how worn tyres are recovered and processed.
He said that Bridgestone is “thrilled” by the recent Government announcement and added that “...the ongoing development of a sustainable circular economy for tyres is a global priority for Bridgestone”.