The Government of Ontario has advanced the province's shift to a circular economy by passing a new regulation designating tires under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.
The regulation requires tire producers to be responsible for collecting and managing tires supplied to customers in Ontario once the current Used Tires Program operated by Ontario Tire Stewardship is wound up on December 31, 2018. Management options for collected tires include reusing, retreading and recycling the tires.
The regulation will come into full effect on January 1, 2019 when the new requirements for collection and management begin.
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (the Authority) will implement the regulation by:
• Registering obligated tire producers and service providers in the tire sector.
• Compiling data from obligated tire producers and service providers.
• Ensuring producers meet accessibility, collection and recycling targets set in the regulation.
For more information, please visit our Tires page.
Authority Approves Ontario Tire Stewardship Used Tires Program Wind Up Plan
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority has approved Ontario Tire Stewardship's Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan, with conditions.
In 2017, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directed Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to wind up its Used Tires Program by December 31, 2018, and to submit a wind-up plan for the program and its organization to the Authority.
The Wind-Up Plan details how the Used Tires Program will be wound up by December 31, 2018 and OTS soon after and outlines a seamless shift of current collection and recycling for used tires from OTS to producers while still ensuring ease and convenience for consumers.
Key actions include:
• Eliminating the Tire Stewardship Fee for passenger and light truck tires on October 1, 2018.
• Making available OTS' Treadmarks IT system at no cost to the broader tire sector in Ontario to support competition and innovation in tire collection and recycling.
• Honouring OTS contracts with service providers to ensure tires continue to be collected and recycled until December 31, 2018 for a seamless transition to the new individual producer responsibility framework under the Tires Regulation on January 1, 2019.
• Providing effective financial management to ensure sufficient funds to operate the OTS program until its wind-up on December 31, 2018 and finance the dissolution of OTS.
• Ensuring measures to protect private and confidential data, release non-confidential data and transfer data to the Authority to support its compliance and reporting obligations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.
More information about the wind up of the Used Tires Program is available on our Tires page.