VICTORIA, B.C. (Jan. 9, 2007) — Tire Stewardship British Columbia (TSBC), a not-for-profit, private organization including most of the tire industry representatives in the province, has taken over responsibility for British Columbia's scrap tire management and collection.
The orderly transition from the state-run Financial Incentives for Recycling Scrap Tires (FIRST) program was completed Jan. 1, according to Glenn Maidment, president of the Rubber Association of Canada and a board member of TSBC.
Under the program, the province's 2,600 tire retailers will stop collecting the $2.54-per-tire fee collected under the FIRST program since 1991, and start collecting an Advance Disposal Fee (ADF) ranging from $3.39 per tire for passenger and light truck tires to $29.69 for logger/skidder tires. The previous fee hadn't been sufficient to pay for scrap tire programs for the past five or six years and had to be supplemented by additional tipping fees, Mr. Maidment said, so consumers won't notice much of a difference in tire prices.
“We're confident these rates will be sufficient for a significant number of years, so we can do more,” he said. “They yield a more substantial program.”
All the money collected from ADFs will go to fund scrap tire abatement, education, research and market development programs, he added.