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Old tyre-to-concrete movement welcomed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/06/2017

An initiative to turn waste tyres into cement is spinning the wheels of groups around the country.

The environmental standard has gained traction with Local Government New Zealand, who says it's an excellent step towards reducing the harmful impact of used tyres.

On Thursday, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced the new standard which will prohibit stockpiles of waste tyres of over 2500 car tyres without a council consent dealing with the environmental issues of leachate, fire risk, vermin and insects, visual amenity and a bond for future disposal.

The old tyres will be shredded into cement manufacturing.

"Stockpiles of tyres pose a significant threat to the environment, are an eyesore and place a financial burden on ratepayers having to clean up sites where end-of-life tyres have been stored inappropriately," LGNZ president Lawrence Yule says.

"It is pleasing to see the government take action in this area."

Waste Management has joined the government, along with Golden Bay Cement in the venture.

"It is a significant step forward in addressing a critical environmental problem by better managing and re-using end-of-life tyres" Waste Management general manager Upper North Island, Mike McSaveney, says.

"We are turning waste into energy through the supply of tyre derived fuel."

Fletcher Building is also jumping on the band wagon, by upgrading its Golden Bay Cement Plant at Portland

This means the plant will be able to include shredded tyres in its fuel mix that it says will reduce coal reliance by around 15 per cent.

""Golden Bay will be part of a sustainable solution to reduce tyres that are illegally dumped or sent to landfills," chief executive of Fletcher's Building products division Matt Crockett says.

" With the Ministry's support, the Portland Plant will have a sustainable future with a low-carbon fuel mix of end-of-life tyres and wood waste."

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