FAQ

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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?

The Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan proposes the implementation of a Passenger and Light Truck tire (PLT) fee elimination on October 1st, 2018 or an alternate date, pending resolution of other Wind-Up Plan financial contingencies.  A final determination on the fee elimination and date, if applicable, will be made later in 2018.  Stewards will be given a minimum of 30 days’ notice regarding any fee changes.  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

Registration information will be provided starting early spring, well in advance of the registration deadline.  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 will make 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. We anticipate the system will be available as of May 1st, 2018.

Beginning in Spring 2018, OTS will be hosting TreadMarks information and training sessions for interested parties and will provide supporting documentation, including training manuals and programming documentation. Details regarding TreadMarks information sessions will be posted at a later date on OTS’ website 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.




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