Ontario, Canada's largest generator of scrap tires, finally is developing a scrap tire management program, but it is far from fruition.
The province's legislature has tabled until it reconvenes in late March or early April a bill to set up a recycling plan involving a partnership between the Ontario government and the tire industry, according to Glenn Maidment, president of the Rubber Association of Canada.
Under Bill 90, Ontario would create a waste diversion organization to oversee all the province's waste issues-a system similar to what other provinces have in place.
The RAC and Ontario's tire dealers, haulers and processors formed a committee to work with the provincial government on developing a tire program once the bill is passed and the organization established, said John Goodwin, executive director of the Ontario Tire Dealers Association.
The committee is proposing a ``green fee'' of $1.85 to $2.15 per passenger tire collected by dealers at the point of sale to replace a government proposal to charge the first importer or the brand owner a scrap tire fee, Goodwin said.
``We think we've convinced them of putting the (tire fee) collection on the tire retailer where it should be,'' he said.
Truck and off-the-road tires would be subject to higher scrap fees, which are still under discussion, he said.
Goodwin estimates it will take a year to 16 months before the proposed scrap tire program is in operation.
Maidment is more pessimistic. He said it will be two years, since after the bill is passed the government will work on creating a household waste recycling program, then a tire program.
According to the RAC, Ontario generates an estimated 11 million passenger tire equivalents per year, a figure which takes into account truck and OTR scrap tires.
The province's tire dealers had collected a $3.10 fee on new tires to fund scrap tire management during the early 1990s.
The law establishing that fee was repealed in 1992 because the money collected funded social services instead of tire recycling, Goodwin said.
Since the repeal, Ontario's government has been ``in denial'' that it has a scrap tire problem, he said, exporting its scrap tires to other provinces or restricting landfill disposal to northern areas where tipping fees are ``ridiculous.''