On February 27, 2009, the Minister of the Environment received the proposed Used Tire diversion program plan from Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO). The Minister also received from WDO a document detailing the consultation undertaken to develop this program plan.
The plan proposes to manage all used tires in Ontario from the point of their removal from a vehicle through to final processing. Tire manufacturers and first importers are the industry stewards responsible for developing, implementing and funding the program.
The plan proposes to achieve a tire diversion rate of 90% for passenger tires and 50% for off the road tires by year 5 of the program. It also proposes to address the clean-up of stockpiles in the first three years of the program.
The reduction, reuse and recycling of used tires to higher end uses is promoted under the proposed plan and this is supported by the development of new markets for products made from recycled tires.
The proposed program plan and industry’s consultation document are posted for comment. The consultation document illustrates the consultation undertaken by industry when developing the plan, comments received, and how comments were addressed. WDO has posted an overview on their website that includes highlights of the Program.
A proposal to amend the regulation for Used Tires (Waste Diversion Act, 2002, O. Regulation 84/03) is also posted for comments. The draft regulation designates Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) as the Industry Funding Organization.