Ontario’s tire industry is the first to transition to the province’s new producer responsibility model. The government has published its Tires Regulation (O. Reg. 225/18), which makes tire producers individually responsible for the management of their products at end-of-life. The regulation will be phased-in through the end of 2018.
As a result, Ontario’s tire stewardship organization, Ontario Tire Stewardship, is being wound up. The province’s Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (the successor to Waste Diversion Ontario) has approved a wind-up plan for the organization that involves eliminating tire stewardship fees by October 1, 2018 and honouring existing contracts with service providers until the end of 2018. Come January 1, 2019, the new producer responsibility model is expected to be fully in place.
Producers must register with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority by August 31, 2018. Haulers, processors and retreaders must register by October 31, 2018.
Though the principle behind Ontario’s new producer responsibility model is anchored in individual producer responsibility, the regulation does allow for the delegation of those responsibilities to a producer responsibility organization, and several are expected to form and register with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority. The regulation requires registration within 30 days of being retained by a producer.
Producers are under strict obligations under this new model. In every calendar year they must collect and manage the equivalent weight of 85% of the tires they supplied in Ontario in the 3rd, 4th and 5th prior years. They must establish collection sites based on the number of retail locations in the municipality or district that distributes their tires. And they must mount public information efforts to ensure consumers know where their tires may be returned.
Collected tires must be managed appropriately and that, too, is spelled out in the regulation. To count toward a producer’s 85% collection requirement, they must be re-used, retreaded or used in place of raw materials in the making of new products, which includes landscaping material and tire-derived aggregate. Land disposal, incineration or tire-derived fuel, and stockpiling will not count toward the 85% requirement.