Tires

Automotive tires in landfills pose a significant risk to public safety and to the environment. Currently, we oversee the Used Tires Program operated by Ontario Tire Stewardship 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 Used Tires Program is slated to be wound up on December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, the Authority will be responsible for the oversight, compliance and enforcement of a new individual producer responsibility framework for tires that requires producers to be responsible and accountable for recovering and recycling tires sold or made available in Ontario.

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 and  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 work on their behalf.

The Authority will be responsible for the oversight, compliance and enforcement of the new regulatory requirements for tires. Tire producers and service providers (including collectors, haulers, processors and re-treaders) will be required to register with and report data through the Registry. For more information about the Registry, click here.

Registration Deadlines

All tire producers must register with the Authority by August 31, 2018 and pay the required registry fee as part of the registration process.

Service providers, including tire collectors, haulers, retreaders and processors must register by October 31, 2018. Service providers will not pay registry fees in 2018.

By November 15, 2018, producers must report:

  • the collection sites in their collection system
  • the tire haulers, retreaders and processors in their tire collection or management system

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 Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to wind up the Used Tires Program by 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 conditions imposed by the Authority. 

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

  • Visit OTS's website for up-to-date information about the Wind Up
  • Review the key dates and deadlines
  • Review your organization’s key contact details in OTS’ TreadMarks to ensure you are receiving OTS communications. Contact OTS at 1-888-687-2202 to add or change contact details on your account
  • Subscribe to our email list here to ensure you receive updates about the new Tires Regulation from the Authority

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 webpage.