Summary: A new regulation will make tire producers environmentally and financially responsible for recovering resources and reducing waste associated with the tires they supply in Ontario. This will further reduce the amount of tires lost to disposal, benefit our environment and economy, and support our efforts to fight climate change.
After considering the input received from stakeholders on the proposed Tires Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, the regulation was filed on April 9, 2018.
Ontario is committed to preserving resources and recovering valuable materials from waste lost to disposal. In keeping with this objective, Ontario is winding up the existing Used Tires Program and Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), the industry funding organization responsible for managing the program under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016. In its place, Ontario Regulation 225/18 under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, will put in place a new framework that makes individual tire producers responsible for the collection and end-of-life management of tires.
The regulation requires producers (such as tire brand holders and vehicle manufacturers resident in Ontario) to:
meet resource recovery standards for the collection and management of tires, including a minimum amount of tires that must be collected based on sales and a minimum recovery rate of materials from the collected tires
provide a free and convenient tire collection network that provides a minimum number of collection sites across Ontario
educate consumers to increase public awareness and promote public participation in the resource recovery of tires
register with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority
keep records, submit reports to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority and conduct audits to increase transparency, measure performance and ensure compliance
Producers have the flexibility to contract with other companies, including non-resident companies, to provide services relating to their requirements under the regulation.
Others involved in resource recovery or waste reduction activities related to tires, including producer responsibility organizations, tire collectors, tire haulers, tire processors and tire retreaders, are also required to meet registration, record keeping and reporting requirements.
Businesses who supply tires (such as tire retailers) are required to meet promotion and education requirements and could be subject to auditing requirements, as set out in the regulation.
Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority reference documents
The regulation references three documents prepared by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority that may be amended from time to time:
“Registry Procedure – Audit” dated February 20, 2018
“Registry Procedure – Weight Conversion Factors (Tires)” dated February 20, 2018 (revised April 9, 2018)
“Access and Privacy Code” dated December 14, 2017
Find these documents through the links on this posting or on the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority's website.
Regulatory Impact Analysis
The annual incremental administrative costs to businesses associated with this regulation are expected to decline by approximately $80,000 compared with the current Used Tires Program.