Ontario has a new, industry-funded program to deal with the more than 12 million used tires generated each year. The program, to be delivered by Ontario Tire Stewardship beginning this
— See 91 per cent of used car and truck tires recycled into higher end uses in year one;
— Clean up the nearly three million used tires stockpiled across the province;
— Include the recycling of large industrial and off-road tires, which are currently not collected or recycled.
— Include funding for public education programs and research into greener ways to recycle tires.
Currently, only about half of the car and truck tires are recycled. Fees to pay for the recycling program will be collected by Ontario Tire Stewardship from brand owners, importers and vehicle manufacturers. No fees go to the government.
— Ontario’s program is the first of its kind in Canada as it is based on Extended Producer Responsibility, a cornerstone of all of Ontario’s recycling programs, which include the Blue Box, household hazardous waste and waste electronics programs.
— Used tires can be recycled into a variety of products including playground equipment and surfaces, athletic field turf and running tracks, rubber flooring products, surfacing for walking trails, interlocking patio bricks, roofing shingles, parking curbs and speed bumps, livestock feeders and troughs, landscape mulch, belts and guitar straps, parts for new vehicles and rubberized asphalt to pave streets and highways.
— Stockpiled tires are a serious fire hazard and can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
— Manufacturers, brand owners and importers will pay an estimated $74 million in the first year to run the program. They will pay Ontario Tire Stewardship a fee based on each tire they put into the market. The fee is currently set at $5.84 for a passenger vehicle tire. Fees vary for larger tires.
For more details about the program, see Ontario Tire Stewardship’s backgrounder and tire program at www.ontariotirestewardship.org