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AA praises recycling project

Boss welcomes nationwide tyre scheme to address concerns over illegal dumping and stockpiling. 
Posted on 23 June, 2022
AA praises recycling project

The AA is hailing the country’s first tyre recycling scheme as a positive step in the automotive industry’s efforts to mitigate its environmental impact.

It says Tyrewise – New Zealand’s first nationwide regulated product stewardship scheme that is set to get under way next year – will be revolutionary in terms of the country’s sustainability efforts.

Governed by Auto Stewardship New Zealand, the scheme will recycle the 6.5 million tyres that reach their end-of-life annually.

Jonathan Sergel, AA general manager motoring services, is part of the Tyrewise working group and welcomes confirmation of a 2023 start for the programme.

“Tyre stockpiling, illegal dumping and harmful disposal has long been a concern, and Tyrewise gives the industry clarity while also ensuring all appropriate parties contribute,” he says.

“We are thrilled the start line is in sight and while it has taken time, we are hopeful this work will ensure the success of this scheme.

“Mitigating the environmental impact of not only vehicles but also the things that they use is something we are committed to, and we were pleased to be able to represent our members by becoming part of the Tyrewise group.”

Sergel adds the AA will eagerly await the results of a trial being conducted in Hawke’s Bay ahead of the national roll-out of the scheme.