The province of Ontario is finally about to take the first step toward cleaning up its scrap tires, more than a decade after the notorious Hagersville fire. (See articles, "Tires — Eleven Years Later" in the February/March 2001 edition and "Where The Rubber Hits The Road" in the April/May 2001 edition.)
The policy will be based on a proposal from the tire and rubber industry and would see a $3 levy imposed on all new tire purchases. The funds would go to a non-profit tire recycling and recovery body run by industry.
In Ontario, about 3.5 million tires are recyled annually, with the vast majority landfilled, dumped or placed in huge stockpiles. In 1990, 14 million tires at the Hagersville landfill fire cost $10-million.
All other provinces and 43 states already have programs to regulate and process tire waste.