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Wellington, New Zealand - New Zealand's government is to provide funding of NZ$133,000 (euro 83,200) to the Product Stewardship Foundation to explore recycling options for used tyres, New Zealand's Environment Minister Nick Smith announced today.
â€œThis funding will be used by the Foundation to work with tyre industry importers and retailers to identify the best way for New Zealand to recycle and re-use our used tyres,â€ Dr Smith says. The Government expects to receive the report detailing options by April 2013.
â€œWe have a significant environmental problem in New Zealand with the disposal of about 4 million tyres annually at the end of their useful life. 85 percent of those tyres end up in landfills where they leach contaminates that pose a long term risk to the environment. We need to find economic ways in which these used tyres can be put to better use.â€
The working group will look at schemes in other countries and develop options and guiding principles for New Zealand. Recyclers and local authorities will also be consulted on preferred options.
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Press release from NZ government