The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through its Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) signed a contract with Municipal Recyclers Limited to handle the collection, transportation and processing of scrap tires. Effective April 1, 2002, there will be a provincial ban on the disposal of old tires at landfills and a new tax on new tire sales ($3 for passenger and light truck tires with rim sizes up to 17 inches, and $9 for tires up to 24.5 inches). Critics of the program are concerned about the lack of assurances that other recycling operations in the province will get their normal supply of used tires, as well as the fact that there are criminal charges brought against the president of Municipal Recyclers for fraud. However, Environment Minister Ralph Wiseman has made assurances that the charges have not been proven and that Municipal Recyclers was required to post a $150,000 bond or deposit $75,000 to minimize financial risks. Newfoundland disposes about 500,00 tires each year.