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TIRE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS

Here’s what you need to know about the tire stewardship program in your jurisdiction.

ALBERTA: Status: Launched in 1992. How It Works: Consumers pay a $4 fee for every passenger car and truck tire they buy, which funds the collection, transportation and recycling of tires. Collection Method: Registered tire processors pick up waste tires. Consumers can also drop off scrap tires at designated collection sites. Who Runs It: Alberta Recycling Management Authority, www.albertarecycling.ca/. Relevant Laws: Tire Designation Reg. and Designated Material Recycling and Management Reg. under the Environmental Enhancement and Protection Act.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Status: Launched on Jan. 1, 2007. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee ranging from $5 to $35 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program (including transportation and recycling of tires). Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at participating tire retailers (retailers aren’t required to collect scrap tires, though). Who Runs It: Tire Stewardship BC, www.tirestewardshipbc.ca/. Relevant Laws: Recycling Reg. under the Environment Management Act.

MANITOBA: Status: Launched on April 1, 2008 (replaced prior tire recycling program). How It Works: Consumers pay an Eco fee ranging from $4.50 to $75 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at designated tire processors or arrange for them to be picked up. Who Runs It: Tire Stewardship Manitoba, www.tirestewardshipmb.ca/cim/1005C2_3T1.dhtm. Relevant Laws: Tire Stewardship Reg., 2006 under the Waste Reduction and Prevention Act.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Status: Launched in 1996. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee ranging from $3 to $13.50 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at any tire retailer in NB. Commercial operations with a large number of tires can arrange for them to be picked up. Who Runs It: Recycle NB, www.recyclenb.com/E/tire.html. Relevant Laws: Designated Materials Reg. under the Clean Environment Act.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Status: Launched on April 1, 2002. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee of $3 to $9 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at any tire retailer or other designated outlets. Who Runs It: Multi Materials Stewardship Board, www.mmsb.nf.ca/usedtires.asp. Relevant Laws: Waste Management Regs. under the Waste Management Act.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES/NUNAVUT: Neither territory has a scrap tire stewardship or recycling program or appears to be developing one.

NOVA SCOTIA: Status: Launched in 1997. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee of $3 to $9 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at any tire retailer in NS. Who Runs It: Resource Recovery Fund Board, www.rrfb.com/pages/programs/tireprogram.cfm. Relevant Laws: Solid Waste-Resource Management Regs. under the Environment Act.

ONTARIO: Status: Launched on Sept. 1, 2009. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee ranging from $5.84 to $250.20 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at registered collectors, which includes retailers, municipalities and other drop-off points. Who Runs It: Ontario Tire Stewardship, http://www.ontariots.ca/. Relevant Laws: Used Tires Reg. under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Status: Launched in 1999. How It Works: Consumers pay a $4 fee for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at registered retailers. Who Runs It: Island Waste Management Corp., www.iwmc.pe.ca/. Relevant Laws: Environment Tax Act.

QUÉBEC: Status: Launched in 1993. How It Works: Consumers pay a $3 fee for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at tire retailers. Who Runs It: RECYC-QUÉBEC, www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/client/fr/accueil.asp. Relevant Laws: Regulation respecting solid waste and Regulation respecting used tire storage under the Environmental Quality Act.

SASKATCHEWAN: Status: Launched in 1996. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee ranging from $4 to $75 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program. Collection Method: Retailers collect old tires when they put new ones on consumers’ vehicles; there’s currently no free disposal/collection option. Who Runs It: Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corp., http://www.scraptire.sk.ca/. Relevant Laws: Scrap Tire Management Regs. under the Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002.

YUKON: Status: Launched on Jan. 1, 2007. How It Works: Consumers pay a fee ranging from $5 to $35 for each tire purchased, which funds the scrap tire recycling program (including transportation and recycling of tires). Collection Method: Consumers can drop off scrap tires at participating tire retailers. Who Runs It: Tire Stewardship Manitoba, www.tirestewardshipmb.ca/cim/1005C2_3T1.dhtm. Relevant Laws: Recycling Reg. under the Environment Management Act.

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