Pile of Tires

Tire Collectors

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A person or business is considered a tire collector under the Tires Regulation if they operate:

  • a site where used tires are collected and picked up for recycling or disposal
  • an auto salvage or recycling site

A person or business is not a tire collector if they operate a tire collection site and they:

On this page you can learn more about your responsibilities as a collector and how to join a collection network.

Getting your tires picked up

Any collector who wants their tires picked up must register their business and collection sites with the Authority. Under Ontario’s individual producer responsibility requirements, tire producers are directly responsible for meeting mandatory and enforceable targets for collecting and recycling used tires. Producers can only meet their targets with tires collected from collectors registered with RPRA, or from municipal or Crown sites. Learn more about getting your tires picked up.

Most producers will work with a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to meet these requirements. A PRO is the program operator that contracts with tire producers and collectors to establish and operate a tire collection or management system (i.e. hauling, processing or retreading). Learn more about PROs.

Collector obligations

Click below to learn more about your obligations as a collector.

Collectors will not be required to complete annual performance reports until further notice. This does not change any obligation to maintain records, which must be available for inspection as required.

Under the Tires Regulation, a collection site, other than a site operated by a municipality or the Crown, must accept:

  • used tires, including tires on rims, that are similar in size and weight to the new tires sold or supplied at the collection site
  • up to 10 tires per day from any person. If a collection site accepts more than 10 tires from one person on a single day, the collector must record the person’s name, contact information and the number of tires accepted at the site from that person (for audit purposes). The collector is also required to report the number of instances they did so to the Authority on an annual basis (beginning in 2020).

Sites operated by a municipality or the Crown must accept, at a minimum:

  • passenger and light truck tires
  • up to 10 passenger and light truck tires per day from any person
  • tires with rims

Additional information for municipalities can be found on our Municipalities page.

For all collection sites, a collector must accept used tires during normal business hours and is not permitted to charge for tire drop off.