CHETICAMP, Nova Scotia-To avoid a government-mandated alternative, the Atlantic Tire Dealers Association has been spearheading development of a program to finance and manage the collection and disposal of waste tires in Canada's four easternmost provinces. Tire dealers from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, at the urging of the provincial governments, met in April to lay the groundwork for a scrap tire management program that will charge a fee of about $3.00 per tire on new-tire sales to finance free scrap tire collection and disposal.
``We were being forced to come up with a program or they'd legislate a law,'' said ATDA President Elias Larade of Larade Tire in Cheticamp. He noted that two of the provinces have already begun regulating waste disposal, first directing their efforts on the bottling industry before focusing on the tire industry.
From the beginning, the sticking point among dealers was determining who should be responsible for scrap tires-manufacturers, retailers or consumers. ``Someone has got to take responsibility,'' Mr. Larade said. ``I feel, as a dealer, I am (partly) responsible. But I feel the manufacturers should cooperate'' in managing scrap tires. A well-managed program that is not too costly to dealers is the best way to go, he said.
Currently, dealers in the four provinces pay about $42 or $43 (Canadian) per ton in tipping fees, according to Mr. Larade. The new program would collect tires from dealers free of charge, thus eliminating any incentive to simply dump them, he said.
The major stakeholders in the program, including the ATDA (which has 45 members), the major tire retail companies in the area-in particular Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. and Maritime Tire, and associations representing tire manufacturers and new-car dealers, are contributing a total of $20,000 to pay a consulting firm to estimate the cost of tire collection and to research details for implementing the program.
In July, the four provinces will create a Scrap Tire Management Board comprising representatives of the provincial governments and the major stakeholders.
This board will assume responsibility for the program and hire an agency to handle the funds collected from the tire fee. By fall, the program is expected to be up and running, collecting tires from the tire stores and transporting them to central locations for disposal or recycling.
The four provinces generate a total of about 2.5 million waste tires annually, Mr. Larade said.
The new program addresses management of scrap tires currently generated, not the abatement of existing scrap tire piles, of which there are very few in the region, he said.