About 5 million tyres are disposed of every year in New Zealand and 70 per cent end up in a landfill. These tyres occupy a considerable amount of space. Often unaccounted for after disposal, tyre dumps eventually attract rats and other contaminants which may disrupt nearby environmental ecosystems in a way such as soil pollution. The standard is such that there is a difficulty with regards to recycling tyres due to the lack of an efficient system, tools, mechanics or even a commercial product that makes use of used tyres. As a result, tyres are quickly forgotten after disposed. This is an important problem in New Zealand with disastrous longer term environmental effects if not dealt with in the next few years.