Hon Eugenie Sage
Associate Minister for the Environment
18 May 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT
A facility to recycle tyres and a project to reuse old photocopier toner are getting off the ground with support from
the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said today.
“These projects take waste that would have gone to landfills and use it for something useful. They are great examples of
what needs to happen more in New Zealand,” Ms Sage said.
“Significantly reducing waste going to landfill by 2020 is a goal of the Green Party’s confidence and supply agreement
with Labour and is a priority for me as Associate Environment Minister.
“New Zealand needs to join countries around the world in shifting to a circular economy, where we can deconstruct all of
the products we make to their component parts, and then reuse, recycle or return them to nature.”
Ms Sage is opening Waste Management NZ’s new tyre recycling facility in Auckland today. It received $3.85 million from
the Fund. The Auckland facility will be able to process 15,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres in the first 24 months and
reach full capacity of 30,000 tonnes or around three million passenger tyres per annum after 36 months. This represents
more than half of the approximately 5 million tyres that can no longer be used on vehicles in New Zealand each year.
“End of life tyres are a serious waste challenge and I welcome this initiative. I have also asked officials to look at
the best way to develop and implement a mandatory product stewardship scheme for tyres. It’s time to plan with how to
deal with old tyres before they’re even fitted on the vehicle.”
She announced $38,000 in funding for Fuji Xerox, to test the feasibility of using photocopier waste toner in the
construction of roads as a substitute for bitumen. Fuji Xerox is also launching its product stewardship roadmap for New
Zealand businesses today that will provide a free guide for responsible management of the environmental footprint of
products throughout their lifecycle.
The roadmap was developed using insights from Fuji Xerox’s successful programme in a bid to assist other businesses to
create their own product stewardship schemes.
Ms Sage also announced the reaccreditation of the Glass Packaging Forum’s product stewardship scheme, which connects
businesses that sell glass-packaged consumer goods with those that collect and recycle glass.