OTS News Issue 35 – Winter 2015

Executive Director’s Message

Our organization has achieved a lot of significant milestones in 2015. And central to each of these initiatives – and there were many – was continuing to educate and drive awareness of our highly successful Used Tires Program. As we approach the 85million tires recycled mark, we note that not only are we diverting tires from landfill but we’re also seeing the rise of a new industry – one that uses innovation to create environmentally friendly products. As an industry we are moving in the right direction.

As some of you will have heard, the Ontario Government has introduced new legislation, the Waste Free Ontario Act, which, if passed, will have significant implications to Ontario Tire Stewardship. We want to assure you that until that time our program continues to operate and focus on achieving its mandate.

For example, a big part of the Used Tires Program’s success results from our brand ambassadors connecting with Ontarians one-on-one to explain the program and how they can get involved. In November, we visited the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair where we had a bigger footprint than ever before. Beyond educating show visitors, we had seven rest areas featuring recycled tire products, including long lasting rubber mulch, sturdy bricks, beautiful planters, therapeutic equestrian stall flooring and more.

We also partnered with our friends at CAA South Central Ontario for the annual RecycleDrive campaign. Over the two week campaign, Ontarians were encouraged to recycle their used batteries, oil and tires at no cost. Since its inception, the campaign has collected almost 29,000 items, including 8,725 tires!

We continue to strive to showcase what recycled tire products can do for Ontario communities. In December, we worked with the Harbourfront Centre to outfit their skating rink with slip resistant, recycled rubber flooring as part of a demonstration project. The rink’s surrounding area was decked out with 8,600 sq. ft. of National Rubber Technologies’ Pro-fit Athletic Rubber Flooring.

As we look ahead, our commitment to Ontarians remains firm and we will continue to update you on our progress.

From everyone at OTS we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Andrew Horsman
Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship

OTS awards ten communities the Community Renewal Fund

CRF

Communities across Ontario will be getting a recycled revamp as the Community Renewal Fund (CRF), offered by Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), will be awarding 10 projects in communities across Ontario up to $50,000 toward building or renewing spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled Ontario tire rubber.

The CRF is a funding program available to help Ontario community groups to Rethink, Rebuild and Renew their community spaces. This year, parks, arena floors, gardens and patios, outdoor rinks and museums in communities across the province will be receiving a green facelift.

After a careful review of applications, the first wave of CRF recipients includes:

  • City of Vaughan – York Hill District Park
  • Township of Greater Madawaska – Portable Pickle Ball Court at Calabogie Outdoor Arena
  • Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes – Vicky’s Values Warehouse Flooring
  • Township of King – King Heritage and Cultural Museum Parking Lot
  • Riverdale Immigrant Women Enyerprises – Rooftop Garden & Patio
  • Town of Erin – Lion’s Park
  • Town of Richmond Hill – Pattern Park
  • Township of Southgate – Dundalk & District Community Centre Arena Lobby
  • Norfolk County – Lakeview Park
  • Township of McMurrich/Monteith – Municipal Sidewalk

Winter tire blitz: Ontario sees an uptick in winter tire shipments 

Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) has released its first Winter Tire Report showing that more and more drivers are seeing the importance of winter tires during Canadian winters.

Dealers are gearing up for the busy season and stocking up on winter tires to fulfill higher than usual demand. In Ontario alone, dealers have increased their shipments by 25 per cent in anticipation of the winter tire blitz.

Not only is the demand for winter tires due to increased awareness, but also because of the recent Ontario-wide introduction of mandatory insurance discount programs.

Find the full report here and learn more by visiting TRACanada.ca.

Q&A: Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: Does the Tire Stewardship Fee apply to warranty replacement tires or if the defective tire is being replaced?

A: The TSF fee applies to tires under replacement warranty and defective tires replaced under warranty (the original TSF fee does not transfer over to a replacement tire).  It is at the discretion of the retail outlet to decide whether or not to charge the Tire Stewardship Fee (TSF).

It is the responsibility of the retail outlet to contact their supplier(s) for credit (if possible) regarding tire warranties. The Tire Stewardship Fee (TSF) applies to all new tires supplied into the Ontario market, regardless of warranty or warranty replacement.

Q: I am a Collector and I submitted a claim over 35 days ago, and I haven’t received payment. Why?

A: As of April 1st 2015, OTS is paying all Collector CA incentives via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).   If you have not sent in your EFT information, please visit the link below for details: http://rethinktires.ca/wp-content/uploads/Collector-EFT-letter-Form.pdf 

Q: If OTS requests additional information regarding my claim, am I obligated to provide it?

A: All participants must comply with the requests OTS makes regarding additional claims information. Please refer to your Guidebook.

Estimated Deliveries to Ontario Processors (kg)

OTS Report

Dates & Deadlines

Stewards:

Reporting Data Period

Payment & Reporting Deadline

Jan. 1-31, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 1-29, 2016

Mar. 31, 2016

Mar. 1-31, 2016

Apr. 30, 2016

 

Collectors:

Reporting Claim Period

Reporting Start

Reporting Deadline

Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2015

Jan. 1, 2016

Mar. 31, 2016

 

Haulers:

Reporting Claim Period

Reporting Deadline

Jan. 1-31, 2016

Feb. 29, 2016

Feb. 1-29, 2016

Mar. 31, 2016

Mar. 1-31, 2016

Apr. 30, 2016

 

Processors & RPMs:

Reporting Claim Period

Reporting Deadline

Jan. 1-31, 2016

Mar. 31, 2016

Feb. 1-29, 2016

Apr. 30, 2016

Mar. 1-31, 2016

May 31, 2016




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