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Tyre disposal

Used tyres in a pile outside a barn
Burning tyres is illegal

Burning tyres, even just one tyre to get a fire going, is illegal. It is prohibited:

Burning can result in an instant fine of up to $1000 for smaller quantities of tyres and prosecution or heavier penalties in some cases.

Burning tyres is an environmental and health hazard

Burning tyres:

  • release significant quantities of hazardous air pollutants into local air
  • produce large quantities of toxic oil, which can contaminate soil and waterways.


Pollutants released may include:

Health and environmental effects may include:

Particulate matter (PM10)

  • irritation of airways, coughing, difficulty breathing
  • aggravated asthma
  • chronic bronchitis
  • irregular heartbeat
  • damage to the cardiovascular system

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

  • irritation of airways and eyes
  • increased risk of lung cancer with longer exposures


  • irritation of the airways, lungs and nasal passages
  • blurred vision, headache, fatigue and vertigo

Sulphur dioxide

  • wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath
  • difficulty breathing with particular danger to asthmatics

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  • eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • headaches, loss of coordination, nausea
  • damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system
  • increased risk of cancer with longer exposures

Carbon monoxide

  • angina (heart pains)
  • decreased visual perception
  • less oxygen to the heart
  • breathlessness
  • damage to the cardiovascular system


  • can settle on plants which, if eaten by livestock, contaminate milk and meat
  • adds to total dioxin in environment and food chain
  • increased risk of cancer


Stockpiled tyresHow you can help

Dispose of tyres safely and legally

  • Most district councils in the Waikato region have dumping facilities that take tyres for a small fee (starting at just a few dollars per tyre). Find out where you can dump tyres below.
  • Check the Yellow Pages under ‘tyre disposal’.
  • When you buy new tyres, ask the tyre shop to take your old tyres as part of the deal.

District council facilities that accept tyres

These facilities accept tyres.  For more information, please contact the facility on the phone number listed, or follow the links provided to the council's webpage. The information provided is correct at time of publication. 

Hauraki District Council
Phone 07 862 8609

  • Paeroa - Grey St
  • Waihi - Dean Cres

Matamata-Piako District Council

  • Matamata - Mangawhero Rd, phone 07 888 5700
  • Morrinsville - Roache Rd, phone 07 889 3401
  • Te Aroha - State Highway 26, Waihou, phone 07 884 8831

Otorohanga District Council
Phone 07 873 7775

  • Otorohanga - Progress Dr
  • Kawhia - Lake Rd

South Waikato District Council

  • Tokoroa - Newells Rd, phone 07 886 9851

Taupo District Council
Phone 07 376 0899

  • Taupo - Broadlands Rd
  • Turangi - Tukehu St

Waikato District Council

  • Huntly - McVie Rd, phone 07 828 9719 or 029 201 3971
  • Te Kauwhata - Rata St, phone 07 826 3456

Waitomo District Council
Phone 07 878 0800

  • Benneydale - Mine Rd
  • Awakino/Mokau - Corner Manganui and Taumatamaire Rds
  • Pio Pio - Corner of Aria and Kahuwera Rds
  • Marokopa - Marokopa Rd
  • Te Kuiti - Williams St
  • Kinohaku - Corner Te Waitere and Harbour Rds


Contact us if you think someone is burning tyres

Call the Waikato Regional Council on our freephone 0800 800 401. This line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Include exact location and, if known, who is responsible. Calls can be made in confidence.

Need more information?

You can download and/or print our brochure [PDF, 349 KB], that contains the information on this page.:

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