As a not-for-profit charitable trust, the Product Stewardship Foundation acts as an independent, neutral entity (known as a Product Stewardship Organisation or PSO) which allows stakeholders to come together to create best practice product stewardship programmes.

These are projects previously undertaken by the Product Stewardship Foundation.


Auto Stewardship New Zealand was set up in 2013 to provide the interim governance structure for a product stewardship programme in development for end-of-life tyres (Tyrewise) as approved by the Tyrewise Working Group. The Tyrewise project was the subject of a successful submission to the Minister for the Environment for designation of tyres as a priority product under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

Tyrewise is a regulated product stewardship programme in development which will create an effective solution for New Zealand’s end-of-life tyres (ELTs).

Companies and organisations representing tyre importers and suppliers, new and used car importers, tyre recyclers, motor services, and motorists as well as local and central government were all involved in developing this solution.

The project commenced back in 2012 and has gone through several phases. Tyres were then declared a priority product in July 2020, followed by the start of the Implementation Project in 2022, with the aim of launching in late 2023, Tyrewise aims to eliminate tyre waste across all communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Agrecovery Rural Recycling is a successful product stewardship programme which enables farmers and growers to sustainably and responsibly dispose of agrichemicals and their containers.

The Product Stewardship Foundation acted as an incubator for this scheme in development until the Agrecovery Foundation, itself a not-for-profit charitable trust, was formed. The Product Stewardship Foundation allowed the initial project work to be carried out under a neutral framework.

The Agrecovery Foundation now provides the same neutral framework for the scheme, allowing competing brand owners to collaborate for industry good in a manner compliant with the Commerce Act.

Agricultural chemicals and plastics were declared priority products in 2022 and work is under to launch a regulated scheme.