Mil­lions of spare tyres on the move to Auck­land

Sunday News - - NEWS - MATT SHAND

A Chi­nese gov­ern­ment-owned stock­pile of two mil­lion tyres stored at a Waikato yard will have to be moved by Novem­ber 15 to com­ply with an abate­ment no­tice. And it looks like the tyres will be head­ing to Auck­land.

The tyre yard in Kerepehi, south­east of Ngatea in the Hau­raki Plains, is man­aged by Waste Man­age­ment Ltd, which claims it shreds 30 tonnes of tyres a day at the site.

Ac­cord­ing to the Com­pa­nies Of­fice web­site, Waste Man­age­ment Ltd is owned by Bei­jing Cap­i­tal Group, a Chi­nese state-owned en­ter­prise.

Af­ter 2000 to 4000 new tyres were be­ing dumped at the Kerepehi site each day, a source said, Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil of­fi­cers is­sued an abate­ment no­tice.

Waste Man­age­ment Ltd has told the re­gional coun­cil it plans to shut down the Kerepehi op­er­a­tion by June next year, the source said.

The com­pany was set­ting up a ware­house in Auck­land, which should be op­er­a­tional by the end of this year. Hau­raki fire chiefs were con­cerned the Kerepehi stock­pile could be­come an en­vi­ron­men­tal threat if it caught fire, due to the way the tyres were stacked. Tyre fires are no­to­ri­ously hard to ex­tin­guish and the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects can be deadly.

‘‘On Oc­to­ber 5, re­gional coun­cil served abate­ment no­tices to Waste Man­age­ment Lim­ited,’’ a coun­cil spokes­woman con­firmed.

Up to 4000 tyres were be­ing dumped daily at the Kerepehi yard.

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