TORONTO—Glen Murray, Ontario minister of the environment and climate change, has asked Ontario Tire Stewardship to submit a plan to terminate OTS's operations by the end of 2018.
Murray sent a letter to OTS Feb. 17, directing it to submit its termination plan to the Ontario Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority by Oct. 31.
Industry-funded recycling organizations are being phased out in favor of a government-mandated, producer-responsibility system as directed by the Waste-Free Ontario Act passed June 1.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change determined that OTS would be the first of the industry-funded organizations to cease operations, according to a statement issued by Murray.
"The wind-up plan must provide transparent and clear communications to the public and affected stakeholders," Murray said. "It must also deal with assets, liabilities, rights and obligations in a fair, open and transparent process.
"Additionally, it must also avoid disruption in the operation of the Used Tires Program and not adversely affect Ontario's tire marketplace," he said.