Frequently Asked Questions

General

Why is the Used Tires Program ending?

The government has directed that Ontario’s existing waste diversion programs and the industry funding groups that operate them under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA) will wind-up, and that a new Producer-responsibility model under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) be developed, beginning with the Used Tires Program and Ontario Tire Stewardship.

What happens to tires in Ontario after OTS operations wind-up?

Effective January 1st, 2019, the responsibility for tire recycling goes to the Producer (tire manufacturer or first importer). They will be responsible for managing the end use of their tires. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has finalized the Tires Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 that outlines the new requirements for recycling tires.

Who will oversee the new model for tire recycling in Ontario?

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) was proclaimed as part of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. RPRA will be responsible for the oversight, compliance and enforcement of the new Tires Regulation.

Is RPRA replacing Ontario Tire Stewardship?

RRPA’s activities will not replicate those of OTS in the current Used Tires Program. For example, in the new model, RPRA will not:

  • be involved in the collection and recycling of tires, as that will be the responsibility of tire Producers; and
  • pay collection, transportation or processing incentives.

In the new model, RPRA will:

  • register responsible and obligated parties such as Producers, PROs, Collectors, Haulers and processors;
  • collect data from registered parties such as tire Producers, PROs, Collectors, Haulers, and processors through its Registry; and
  • perform compliance and enforcement activities to ensure participants are collecting and recycling tires as required by law.

For more information on RPRA’s role, please visit their website here.

What is a PRO (Producer Responsibility Organization)?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, Producers of a product, in this case tires, can choose to manage tracking, collection, recycling and government reporting requirements independently or they can use a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO). Several industry PROs are forming to help companies fulfill the law’s forthcoming requirements.

Will there still be a TSF?

As outlined in the approved Wind-up Plan, a TSF Fee Elimination will be implemented on PLT/Class 1 tires, effective October 1st, 2018.  The Fee Elimination applies to PLT tires only. This does not impact other TSF fees for MT/OTR.

NOTE: Stewards are obligated to submit monthly PLT volume reports to OTS, even if the fee is eliminated.

As a Collector, Hauler or Processor, do I have to register with RPRA?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, responsible and obligated parties such as tire Producers, PROs, Collectors, Haulers, and Processors will be required to register with RPRA through its Registry Website. To ensure a smooth transition from the current program, the tentative registration deadlines are:

Producers – August 31, 2018
Service Providers (including Collectors, Haulers, Processors, and Retreaders) – October 31, 2018
PROs are required to register within 30 days of being retained by a producer

RPRA’s Registry is now open. More details can be found on RPRA’s website here.

What do I need to do to prepare for the transition?

OTS will provide important transition information on our website as well as through email communications.  Participant-specific information and timelines can be found on our website here. The information will be updated on a regular basis as details are finalized.

To understand and prepare for the termination of the current Used Tires Program and the start of the new tire requirements, we suggest:

  • Participants read and review wind-up communications they receive from OTS. OTS will provide information, updates and deadlines as details are finalized.  Wind-up related email communications will always begin with “OTS Wind-Up:” in the subject line. Please read these communications.  Updated information will always be available on our website here.
  • Participants review your organization’s key Contact details in OTS’ TreadMarks system. This will ensure the appropriate staff are receiving our communications.  Up to 3 staff Contacts can be added to your TreadMarks account.  Please contact OTS at 1-888-687-2202 to add or change Contact details on your account (Note: only the Main Contact on file with OTS can request changes)
  • Participants review your current service contract with OTS, especially the termination clauses;
  • Participants read the Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan
  • Participants review the Tires Regulation

Ontario Tire Stewardship will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the current Used Tires Program until December 31, 2018. Please contact OTS at info@rethinktires.ca for any operational questions about the current program.

What are important dates to be aware of?

A list of important dates is available here.

What will happen to the TreadMarks system?

OTS has made its proprietary TreadMarks system available, at no cost, to the broader tire sector in Ontario to support competition and innovation in tire collection and recycling. Click here for details about how to licence TreadMarks.

OTS hosted information sessions for parties interested in learning about the TreadMarks system and how it can help meet their obligations. OTS will provide supporting documentation, including training manuals and programming documentation, to organizations who license TreadMarks. Information and presentation materials reviewed during OTS’ TreadMarks sessions can be found here.

Will crumb rubber supplies continue to be available?

OTS is confident that we will leave the Ontario tire recycling industry in a competitive and healthy state and it is our hope that businesses and the industry continue to flourish under the new model.

What will happen to the recycled tire manufacturers in Ontario?

It is the hope of OTS that the investments made in Ontario through OTS will continue to thrive in the years to come.

Will Producers be able to ship tires out of province?

According to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act there are no restrictions on this.

Will Producers burn tires?

According to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act burning is not allowed.

Where can I get more information about the wind up of the Used Tires Program?

For more details, visit the Wind-Up section of our website for up-to-date information on the Used Tires Program wind-up. For information on the Act, Tires Regulation and the future of tire recycling in Ontario, visit RRPA’s website here.  We encourage Participants to subscribe to RPRA’s email list to receive program updates.  Click here to subscribe.

For additional information relevant to Used Tires Program Stewards, Collectors, Haulers, Processors and RPMs, please visit our Wind-Up page here.

Specific to Collectors

In 2019, will Collectors still be paid an incentive on collected tires?

Incentives offered by OTS under the current Used Tires Program will cease to be offered on December 31, 2018.  As outlined in the Tires Regulation, Producers will either work with a PRO or work directly with Collectors, Haulers and processors. As such, Producers or PROs will enter into commercial contracts directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors.

In 2019, will Collectors have to pay for tires to be picked up?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, Producers will either work with a PRO or work directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors to meet their obligations. As such, Producers or PROs will enter into commercial contracts directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors.

In 2019, who will pick up my tires?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, Producers will either work with a PRO or work directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors to meet their obligations. As such, Producers or PROs will enter into commercial contracts directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors.

How do I coordinate collection after the Used Tire Program winds up?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, all Collectors wishing to provide collection services to Producers in 2019, and beyond, must be registered with the Authority.  Details regarding the Registry and Collector registration obligations can be found on RPRA’s website here.

Do I have to report tire drop offs in the future?

Details regarding the responsibilities and obligations of Producers, PROs and service providers are outlined in the Tires Regulation.

Specific to Haulers

How do I coordinate hauling services after the Used Tire Program winds up?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, all Haulers wishing to provide hauling services to Producers in 2019, and beyond, must be registered with the Authority.  Details regarding the Registry and Hauler registration obligations can be found on RPRA’s website here.

In 2019, will Haulers still be paid an incentive?

Incentives offered by OTS under the current Used Tires Program will cease to be offered on December 31, 2018. Under the Tires Regulation, Producers will either work with a PRO or work directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors. As such, Producers or PROs will enter into commercial contracts directly with Haulers.

OTS TreadMarks System

How would I use TreadMarks in 2019 to meet my obligations?

Under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the recently filed Used Tires Regulation (O.Reg 225/18), Producers and other participants in the tire recycling supply chain will have obligations to report to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority. The OTS TreadMarks system may be beneficial to program stakeholders to meet these obligations. More information about TreadMarks, its features and benefits, can be found here.

As a Steward/Producer, how can I use TreadMarks to meet my obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

OTS’ TreadMarks system (including the electronic manifest system known as TreadMarks Mobile) is currently used by OTS to conduct transactions and collect information regarding new tire sales, used tire collection, transportation, processing, and the manufacturing of goods using recycled rubber. Stewards (Producers) registered in the Used Tires Program currently use TreadMarks to report tire sales data to OTS. The version of TreadMarks being made available as part of the wind-up of OTS and the Used Tires Program will allow Producers to track their tires sales data, as well as track the collection, transportation and processing of their scrap tires and can assist Producers in meeting their reporting obligations related to the collection, transportation and processing of their scrap tires, as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation.

As a Collector, how can TreadMarks help me meet my obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

Under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation Collectors have obligations to report to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, TreadMarks may be of benefit in meeting these obligations. Collectors should refer to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation to understand their obligations.

Additionally, Producers are required to establish collection networks to facilitate the collection of their scrap tires and to report on the collection network and volumes of tires received from associated Collectors. Producers can retain an organization or person, called a PRO (Producer Responsibility Organization), for the purpose of carrying out one or more of a Producer’s obligations. Collectors who are part of a Producer or PRO’s collection network will be able to use TreadMarks to track and report the quantities of used tires collected on behalf of the Producer or PRO.

As a Hauler, how can I use TreadMarks to meet my obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

Under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation Haulers have obligations to report to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, TreadMarks may be of benefit in meeting these obligations. Haulers should refer to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation to understand their obligations.

Additionally, Producers are required to establish collection and transportation networks to facilitate the collection, transportation and recycling of their scrap tires. Producers can retain an organization or person, called a PRO (Producer Responsibility Organization), for the purpose of carrying out one or more of a Producer’s obligations. Haulers who are part of a Producer or PRO’s network will be able to use TreadMarks to track the quantities of used tires transported from a Collector to a Processor on behalf of the Producer or PRO.

As a Processor, how can I use TreadMarks to meet my obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

Under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation Processors have obligations to report to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, TreadMarks may be of benefit in meeting these obligations. Processors should refer to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation to understand their obligations.

Additionally, Producers are required to establish collection, transportation and processing networks to facilitate the recycling of their scrap tires and the diversion of recycled materials to specific end markets. Producers can retain an organization or person, called a PRO (Producer Responsibility Organization), for the purpose of carrying out one or more of a Producer’s obligations. Processors who are part of a Producer or PRO’s network will be able to use TreadMarks to track the quantities of used tires delivered by Haulers to their facilities and processed on behalf of the Producer or PRO.

As an RPM, how can I use TreadMarks to meet diversion obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

As an RPM, there are no specific obligations outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation. RPMs may find TreadMarks useful within their organization to assist with business planning and tracking of materials received/purchased from Processors, as well as their various products manufactured using recycled rubber products.

Who would benefit from using TreadMarks?

Producers, PROs and obligated parties can leverage the TreadMarks system to help reduce the administrative burden of reporting obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation. Additionally, service providers working with Producers or PROs using TreadMarks may find it beneficial to also utilize TreadMarks to facilitate flow of information and standardization of data collection.

Am I required to use TreadMarks after the wind-up of the Used Tires Program?

Until the wind-up of the Used Tires Program, Participants must continue to use TreadMarks to submit claims and tire remittances. There is no obligation to use TreadMarks after the wind-up of OTS and the Used Tires Program. Producers, PROs and obligated parties can elect to use the system or methodology that best suits their needs and supports their reporting obligations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and Tires Regulation.

Who can license TreadMarks? Are there any restrictions?

Licenses will be available to Ontario tire Producers, their Producer Responsibility Organizations and tire diversion service providers (those parties identified as having obligations under Ontario Regulation 225/18). At present, licenses will limit the use of TreadMarks to satisfying the requirements of meeting the Regulation or the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority in the diversion of Used Tires in Ontario.

My organization is interested in licensing TreadMarks. Who should I contact?

Inquiries regarding TreadMarks licensing should be directed to OTS. Additional information regarding the structure of the license and how to obtain one from OTS will be forthcoming. If you are interested in licensing TreadMarks, please contact OTS via email at info@rethinktires.ca.

I’m not sure if TreadMarks is right for my business. Is there a pilot or test environment available for TreadMarks where I can test the system before I make a decision?

Currently, there is no pilot or test environment available for interested Stakeholders to test the system, however OTS is taking it under consideration and will inform Stakeholders should the situation change.

I’m interested in using TreadMarks but I don’t plan to make a lot of changes or customizations. Do I need a Developer/Development team?

Yes. You will need a Development team in order to install TreadMarks on your servers, and to support any questions your staff may have about system behaviours and changes.  A Developer is also required if you plan to customize TreadMarks to suit your business needs.

Will I be able to customize the types of reports in TreadMarks to meet my business needs?

Built-in reports in TreadMarks may only be customized by your Development team. However, you can connect to TreadMarks using industry-standard reporting software, such as Crystal Reports, to generate new reports yourself.

Can I change or customize fields, business rules and validation criteria in TreadMarks?

Certain areas of the system are customizable to meet your business needs. While some changes can be made without the need for a Developer, certain fields, business rules and validation criteria are hard-coded into the software and can only be changed by a Developer.

What technology and systems are required to run TreadMarks?

TreadMarks is an integrated system of SQL databases, HTML5 web interfaces, API web services, a B2B mobile manifest (TreadMarks Mobile) and a consumer mobile application (Rethink Tires). A full list of the minimum server requirements to run TreadMarks can be found here.

What devices can support TreadMarks Mobile?

TreadMarks Mobile is currently supported on Apple iPads, running iOS 9.3.5 or above.

What programming code/language was used to build TreadMarks?

TreadMarks is built using ASP.NET MVC 5.0 technologies and programmed using C#.

Does TreadMarks support ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)?

Yes. TreadMarks uses SQL Server as its database. SQL Server supports ODBC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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