A huge pile composed of more than 600,000 used tyres can be seen near Amberley in North Canterbury. The owner of the tyre storage on Racecourse Rd site, Michael Benny Le Roy is leasing the property from owner Warren Heslop. Angelique Hayde, who is representing Heslop said that they were misled so that they have cancelled the lease of Le Roy.
According to Hayde the owners of the land have received backlash from the community because neighbours consider the pile as a fire hazard and a major environmental problem. If Le Roy does not remove the pile of tyres, the owners of the land will be responsible.
Hayde further said that the owners of land were informed by Le Roy about the plans of storing a small amount of used tyres on the site with more tyres going out than coming in. Hayde said that there are talks with Hurunui District Council regarding the best steps to be undertaken for the removal of the tyres.
When tyres have reached the end of their usable life, they are generally landfilled or sent to overseas recyclers. Storing huge quantities of used tyres can be an environmental problem because the tyres leach contaminants and potentially become a fire hazard. If a fire was to ignite on the used tyres, the fire has the potential to destroy neighbouring vineyards and farms.
Le Roy was given a High Court injunction last March 10, 2016 from being involved in tyre recycling or tyre collection in behalf of the company and third parties within the South Islands of New Zealand. However, surveillance on the site shows that no tyres are being removed. Instead tyres are being added to the pile. When Le Roy was approached by Hurunui District Council, he told them that he was organizing recycling for the tyres.
There are specially-designed tyre shredders that can be used for tyre recycling. Because of the highly durable materials from which tyres are made of, used tires can consume a valuable space in landfills. After the old tyres have been shredded into smaller pieces, they can be recycled into other tyres or used in the manufacture of cement.