The Used Tires Program is operated by Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to keep passenger and light truck, medium truck and off-the-road tires out of landfills so that they can be reused and recycled. The OTS Used Tires Program is slated to be wound up on December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, the Authority will be responsible for compliance and enforcement of parties obligated under the Tires Regulation.

New Tires Requirements

The Tires Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 requires tire producers to be responsible for collecting and managing tires supplied to customers in Ontario by reusing, retreading and recycling them. The regulation establishes mandatory and enforceable tire collection and management targets for producers. The regulation gives producers flexibility to meet their targets by either making their own arrangements for collecting and managing tires, or by contracting a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to act on their behalf.

The Authority is responsible for compliance and enforcement of the Tires Regulation. Tire producers and service providers (including collectors, haulers, retreaders and processors) will be required to register with the Authority and report data through the Registry.

Registration Deadlines

ActivityDeadline
Tire producers must register with the Authority and pay the required registry fee.August 31, 2018
Service providers, including tire collectors, haulers, retreaders and processors, must register with the Authority. Service providers will not pay registry fees in 2018.October 31, 2018
Producers must report:
• The collection sites in their system
• The tire haulers, retreaders and processors in their tire collection or management system
November 15, 2018

PROs are required to register and pay the required registry fee within 30 days of being retained by a producer. PROs are encouraged to register in advance of producers so that a producer can identify its PRO when the producer registers. Learn more about the new requirements for tire producers and service providers.

Used Tires Program Wind Up

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued directions to OTS to wind up the Used Tires Program on December 31, 2018.

Details about the wind up of the program and OTS are provided in the OTS Wind Up Plan approved by the Authority and in the conditions imposed by the Authority.

To understand and prepare for the wind up of the current Used Tires Program and the start of the new tire requirements:

OTS 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. The Authority will continue to work collaboratively with OTS to ensure that the collection and recycling of tires will not be negatively impacted during the transition.

For more information on the consultations the Authority held on the OTS Wind Up Plan, visit our Consultations page.