“Used tires in Ontario are no longer burned or end-up in landfills but are recycled into high-quality products such as rubber mulch, playground surfaces and roofing tiles, helping to make the province a safer and healthier place.”
While OTS and the Used Tires Program in Ontario have come a long way since 2009, the organization said “there still remains much work to do and the public's help is still needed.”
It recommended the following steps to help in the tire-recycling effort:
• If you have a few old tires to be recycled, please visit the OTS Rethink Tires website to find out where you can drop off up to four tires at a time free of charge.
• If you have large tires or a pile of scrap tires, call 1-888-687-2202 to discuss how OTS may be able to help you getting them removed and responsibly recycled.
Mr. Horsman added that “OTS is highly focused on running an efficient Used Tires Program by reducing both program costs and the Tire Stewardship fee. We have continued to deliver on this promise and have once again reduced the fee for standard vehicle tires this year while maintaining fees on all other tire types.
“Our goal is to ensure that we continue to deliver a world-class, long-term and sustainable used tire diversion program that benefits our province for generations to come.
“At OTS, we are transforming the relationship Ontarians have with the lifecycle of their tires, through a comprehensive approach that takes into account our environment, our economy and our quality of life. Through the Used Tires Program, 100 percent of Ontario tires get efficiently and responsibly recycled into new products, leading to more livable communities and a growing green economy in this province.”