OTS takes spring by storm

Feature Story

It was a busy spring for Ontario Tire Stewardship. To raise awareness about tire recycling and highlight how Ontario tire-derived rubber can be reimagined into innovative products, we launched several province-wide programs including the OARA Tire Take Back fundraising collection initiative, the 2016 Community Renewal Fund and our annual RethinkTires RoadTrip.

In its seventh year, the OARA Tire Take Back is OTS’ biggest tire collection initiative of the year. The program encourages Ontarians to drop off their old tires to raise money for The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, a charitable organization that makes dreams come true for children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. The annual event took place in May in partnership with more than 60 collectors across Ontario, Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA), Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and OTS. Each tire dropped off at participating collectors translated into a donation for The Sunshine Foundation. Last year more than 64,000 tires were collected across Ontario, raising over $118,000. The 2016 event results will be announced this summer.

On June 1st, OTS launched the 2016 Community Renewal Fund (CRF), which gives communities up to $50,000 toward building or renewing spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled Ontario tire rubber. The grant is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, as well as schools, colleges, universities, and First Nations communities throughout Ontario. To qualify, projects must utilize products made from Ontario recycled rubber and be completed within 12 months of approval. Communities can apply online in September for wave two of the CRF at Rethinktires.ca.  

This spring also marked the kickoff of the 2016 RethinkTires RoadTrip. Touring across the province, the team is sharing information about how to properly maintain tires, where to recycle used tires and showcasing sustainable products designed using recycled Ontario tire rubber.

If you’d like to meet the RethinkTires RoadTrip team, visit one of their 34 stops on the tour – locations and dates can be found on the tour schedule.


Executive Director Message

On June 9, 2016 Bill 151 – the Waste Free Ontario Act (WFOA) – comprised of two schedules, 1) the Waste Diversion Transition Act (WDTA) and 2) the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA), received Royal Assent. While the Act was not proclaimed into force before the Legislature recessed for the summer, the Government clearly indicated that the days of the current legislation (the Waste Diversion Act, 2002) and the Industry Funding Organization (IFO) delivery of programs are coming to a close.

Many of you are likely asking what this means for your business, your role in the current program and OTS. At this point, the answers to these and other questions are still under development, but based on the consultations the Government held during the development of the Act, there are some elements that are clearer than others:


  • Producers of products will be individually responsible and liable for meeting diversion targets;
  • The new Resource Recovery Authority will serve as the regulatory body that monitors Producer compliance with the Act and Regulations;
  • The IFO’s will be wound down according to a schedule to be set by the Minister, the new Authority will be responsible for monitoring the development of, consultation on and implementation of IFO wind-down plans;
  • IFO’s are explicitly prohibited from supporting or funding initiatives that are focused on delivering diversion services following the transition;
  • Producers will have to determine how they will meet diversion objectives and may do so individually or by acting together with other Producers.


The Waste Free Ontario Act (WFOA) is primarily framework legislation and there remains much to be fleshed out in the coming months. Diversion targets must be set, responsibilities assigned to the various stakeholders through the used tire diversion supply chain, and a wind-down plan will be developed by OTS that complies with the Minister’s direction. This plan will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and designed to minimize disruption to existing used tire collection and diversion activities.

For the moment, it is essentially business as usual for OTS, ensuring used tires are diverted and markets for recycled tire products continue to grow. While we all wait for the Government and the new Authority to provide greater clarity on the next steps towards a transition to the new policy framework, we here at OTS remain committed to delivering the current program efficiently and continuing to support the growth of a self-sustaining tire recycling industry in Ontario.


Stewardship in Action

Stewardship dollars at work: Updated Community Renewal Fund bringing sustainable spaces to communities across Ontario

Over the last few months, OTS has been thrilled to roll out the names of the first communities to take advantage of our freshly updated Community Renewal Fund (CRF). The new program challenges Ontario communities to Rethink, Rebuild and Renew their community spaces using sustainable materials, and features a new, simplified online application process. Since its relaunch in 2015, the program has been well-received by Ontario municipalities and OTS has provided more than $325,000 in funding to build 15 projects in 12 communities across the province.

OTS accepted applications until July 31st for the first wave of the 2016 CRF at Rethinktires.ca. The second wave will launch in September. Help us spread the word by sharing our CRF video:
















Inside Track



Question: As a registered steward, do I have to use the new Treadmarks system? Can I still submit hard copy TSF return forms to report my tires supplied?

Given that Tire Stewardship Fees (TSF) can change, OTS suggests Stewards submit their tire remittance reports through our online system. Our system will always have the most up-to- date TSF rate calculations. However, OTS will accept hard copy TSF return forms if the Steward is not able to remit their tire reports online.

Question: Can I use my user name and password from the old system in the new Treadmarks online system?

Unfortunately participants cannot use the same login information as the old system. Your username and passwords do not carry over to the new Treadmarks online system. All tire reports for remittance periods from April 2016 forward will need to be filed on our website at www.rethinktires.ca under the “After April 1 2016” login in button. For instructions on how to create a username and password and how to file your remittance for new TM, please visit our training videos here.


Claims Q&A

Question: Why do I need to use Google Chrome to access the new Treadmarks online system? 

The new Treadmarks online system was built using the Google Chrome browser and the system is more efficient when using this browser. If you are not able to download Google Chrome on your computer, you can use another bowser, but functionality may be impacted.

Question: Where do I file claims for reporting periods after April 1, 2016?

All claims as of the April 2016 claim period and future claim periods must be filed on our website at www.rethinktires.ca under the “After April 1 2016” login in button.

Question: Will my claim be automatically submitted through the new Treadmarks online system?

The new Treadmarks online system does not automatically submit your claim for you. It will add the transactions to your claims, but all participants are still required to sign onto the new system and manually submit their claims within the given claim reporting period.


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Market Watch

Poor market for recycled products means less money for waste diversion programs

Revenue generated through recycling programs in Sudbury have seen a significant decline as a result of a poor economic market and an overall decrease in consumer consumption. Due to the limited market for materials such as glass, taxpayers are facing costs of up to $50,000 per year to recycle glass jars and bottles. In addition, even less revenue is generated if recycled items are mixed, such as paper and plastic, or if they are not properly rinsed before put in the blue box.

One solution recommended by the Recycling Council of Ontario is to have companies cover the costs associated with the disposal of their packaging materials thrown out by consumers. This could lead to more interest and education about proper recycling habits to reduce costs, proposed as part of the new Waste Free Ontario Act.

Find the full article here.


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View Points

This past spring we announced the names of our 2015 Community Renewal Fund (CRF) recipients. One notable project that received funding was a playground design championed by the Chenier family of L’Original, in Champlain Township, Ontario. The Cheniers were inspired to build a park in memory of their beloved son, Sacha, who had severe disabilities and had sadly passed away.

Read the full story on our blog here.




The OTS Report

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Upcoming Events

RethinkTires Summer Roadtrip: June – August

Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference: August 14-17

International Plowing Match: Sept 20-24