Statement to The Toronto Star submitted January 7, 2016

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Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is a not-for-profit that operates a province wide used tire collection and recycling program funded by payments from tire manufacturers and suppliers in Ontario and receives no monies from the government or taxpayer funds.

As a trustee of these funds, OTS has established and operates one of the most effective producer responsibility recycling programs in the world.

We ensure the recycling of over 12 million tires generated in Ontario annually. Through OTS’s efforts more than $70 million dollars of new investments, and innovation in Ontario’s green sector have been realized, creating hundreds of new recycling and manufacturing jobs in the province. One hundred per cent of the scrap tires collected in the province are recycled here into a valuable recovered commodity, and the majority of this material is then used by Ontario-based manufacturers in the production of high-performance and sustainable products such as roof shingles, safety tiles and athletic flooring.

OTS is considered a world leader in its approach to tire recycling management, recycled product innovation and market development and is often sought out by international bodies to help provide learnings and share our expertise.

We maintain the highest standards and practices and a strict focus on controlling costs to ensure we use funds provided by stewards responsibly. This is demonstrated by OTS’s focus on reducing program costs that have in turn allowed us to reduce stewardship fees by 27 per cent since 2009 – specifically, passenger tire recycling fees have decreased from $5.84 per passenger tire in 2009 to $4.25 today.

OTS administrative costs – including expenditures on board activities – set a benchmark for cost effectiveness at 6 per cent of total annual operating costs.

OTS’ Board is comprised of highly skilled volunteers who receive no remuneration. OTS’ total expenditures related to the Board (including one meeting a year at an upscale venue and training and tools directly related to their roles as Directors) is 0.1 per cent of our overall administration costs.

At OTS we are committed to providing a transparent approach to our operations and encourage any interested party to review our financial statements and ongoing reporting that is provided on our website – www.rethinktires.ca.

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The Toronto Star article on January 9 states an inaccurate Tire Stewardship fee, please note the current Tire Stewardship Fee is $4.25.

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