The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued directions under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA) to Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to wind up the Used Tires Program by December 31, 2018 in order to transition tires to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.
Used Tires Program Wind Up Plan
The plan details how the Used Tires Program will be wound up by December 31, 2018 and OTS soon after and outlines a seamless shift of current collection and recycling for used tires from OTS to producers while still ensuring ease and convenience for consumers.
Key actions include:
- Eliminating the Tire Stewardship Fee for passenger and light truck tires on October 1, 2018.
- Making available OTS’ Treadmarks IT system at no cost to the broader tire sector in Ontario to support competition and innovation in tire collection and recycling.
- Honouring OTS contracts with service providers to ensure tires continue to be collected and recycled until December 31, 2018 for a seamless transition to the new individual producer responsibility framework under the Tires Regulation on January 1, 2019.
- Providing effective financial management to ensure sufficient funds to operate the OTS program until its wind-up on December 31, 2018 and finance the dissolution of OTS.
- Ensuring measures to protect private and confidential data, release non-confidential data and transfer data to the Authority to support its compliance and reporting obligations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.
OTS submitted its proposed Used Tires Program (UTP) Wind Up Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority on November 30, 2017, meeting the deadline for submitting the plan set by the Minister.
For more information on the transition to the new regulatory requirements for tires, visit our Tires webpage
In-Person Consultation and Webinar
As required under the WDTA, the Authority conducted public consultations on the proposed plan between December 21, 2017 and March 1, 2018. Read the consultation report here.
The Authority held in-person/webinar consultations on the proposed plan on January 23, 2018. We also held a follow-up webinar consultation on January 29, 2018 where we provided a summary of the topics discussed during the consultation and answered additional questions. You can review the presentation slides and watch the recording of the consultations here: