NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario−As of Jan. 1, waste tire laws in Ontario will change completely, and the provincial government wants to make sure all designated tire producers under the new laws will know and meet their obligations.
Passed in 2016, the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act establishes a new outcomes-based producer responsibility framework for used tires and several other recyclable end-of-life products.
Under the RRCEA, producers are responsible for the end-of-life management of their products and packaging, according to John Armiento of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The RRCEA replaces Ontario's Waste Diversion Act, and with it Ontario Tire Stewardship, the industry-funded waste diversion program created in 2009.
By all accounts, Ontario Tire Stewardship was highly successful in managing Ontario's scrap tires and finding end-use markets for them, Armiento acknowledged at the Rubber Recycling Symposium, held Nov. 7-8 in Niagara Falls.
"The tire program operated quite well, and we don't want it to go away," he said. Rather, the idea is to build on the success of Ontario Tire Stewardship in the context of the new regulations, he said.
Tire producers—defined as brand owners, wholesalers, dealers and others with a commercial connection to the tires—had to pay in to Ontario Tire Stewardship under the Waste Diversion Act with no ability to reduce their individual costs, according to Armiento.