Waste tyres to be used in New Zealand cement manufacture

Waste tyres to be used in New Zealand cement manufacture
22 June 2017

Millions of waste tyres each year are to be used to manufacture cement as part of a wider government plan to address the environmental problems of end of life tyres, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced at the Golden Bay Cement works in Whangarei.

“New Zealand has a long-standing problem, with 5m waste tyres generated each year. We have dozens of tyre stockpiles around the country posing a fire risk, leaching contaminants, providing a breeding ground for rodents and insects, and blotting the landscape. This initiative proposes controls on new stockpiles, establishes a nationwide collection and shredding operation and provides a large scale end use by installing technology to enable waste tyres to be used in cement manufacture.

“The proposed National Environmental Standard will prohibit stockpiles of waste tyres of over 200m3 - 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. These new restrictions are needed to protect the environment, prevent ratepayers having to pick up the bill of dealing with stockpiles and to help channel waste tyres into more sustainable recycling and disposal options.

 “The Government has provided a grant of NZD3.8m for Waste Management New Zealand to set up a nationwide tyre collection network and tyre shredding facilities in Auckland and Christchurch involving capital investment of NZD6.4m. This is needed because the major barrier to re-use of waste tyres is their bulk, making transport and disposal uneconomic. The shredding machinery will be imported this year, operational in Auckland by the end of 2017 and in Christchurch in 2018.

Golden Bay Cement, a subsidiary of Fletcher Building, is being provided with a grant of NZD13.6m towards the NZD18.1m cost of new equipment that will dispose of 3.1m shredded tyres per year.

Total government grants, including seven smaller tyre waste projects in other industries, of NZD19m will enable NZD28m of investment into tyre waste solutions. Combined with the new regulations restricting stockpiling, these measures will go a huge way towards a sustainable solution to New Zealand’s end of life tyre problem.”

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