What you need to know about the Wind-Up of the Used Tires Program

Why is the Used Tires Program ending?

The government has changed the legislation that governs tire recycling in Ontario. Ontario Tire Stewardship, the organization that is currently responsible for operating Ontario’s tire recovery program, will be wound up and, effective January 1, 2019, the new Producer responsibility model under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA), will begin.

What is changing in the new framework?

Under the new individual producer responsibility framework put in place by the Tires Regulation, used tires will have to be collected, hauled, and then reused, retreaded, or processed for recycling. Key changes under the new framework include:

  • Tire collection and management systems will have to be established by each producer.
  • Each producer will have to either make their own arrangements to collect and manage tires to meet their mandatory targets or retain the services of one or more Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) to act on their behalf.
  • There will be compliance consequences for the failure to meet collection and resource recovery targets.

What happens to tires in Ontario after Ontario Tire Stewardship operations wind-up?

Effective January 1st, 2019, automobile manufacturers, tire manufacturers, importers, and distributors will be responsible for managing the end use of their tires in the province of Ontario. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has finalized the Tires Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 that outlines the new requirements for recycling tires.

Who will oversee the new model for tire recycling in Ontario?

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) was proclaimed as part of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. RPRA will be responsible for the oversight, compliance and enforcement of the new Tires Regulation.

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Is RPRA replacing Ontario Tire Stewardship?

The RRPA’s activities will not replicate those of OTS in the current Used Tires Program. For example, in the new model, RPRA will not:

  • be involved in the collection and recycling of tires, as that will be the responsibility of tire Producers; and
  • pay collection, transportation or processing incentives.

In the new model, RPRA will:

  • register responsible and obligated parties such as Producers, PROs, Collectors, Haulers and processors;
  • collect data from registered parties such as tire Producers, PROs, Collectors, Haulers, and processors through its Registry; and
  • perform compliance and enforcement activities to ensure participants are collecting and recycling tires as required by law.

For more information on RPRA’s role, please visit their website here.

What is a Producer?

New tires are supplied into Ontario in two ways – on new vehicles or as loose tires. In both cases, section 3 of the Tires Regulation defines tire producers in accordance with a hierarchy based on residency in Ontario, which means a person having a permanent establishment in Ontario within the meaning of the Corporations Tax Act.

For new vehicles with tires that are marketed to consumers in Ontario
For new vehicles in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires on those new vehicles if you are the manufacturer of the vehicles and are resident in Ontario.

For new vehicles where there is no manufacturer resident in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires on those new vehicles if you are the importer of those new vehicles and are resident in Ontario.

For new vehicles where there is no manufacturer or importer resident in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires on those new vehicles if you are the marketer of those new vehicles in Ontario and are resident in Ontario.

For new vehicles where there is no manufacturer, importer or marketer resident in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires on those new vehicles if you are the marketer of those new vehicles and are non-resident in Ontario.

For new loose tires that are marketed to consumers in Ontario
For new tires in Ontario: you are the producer for those new tires if you are the brand holder of the new tires (the legislation defines brand holder to mean a person who owns or licences a brand or who otherwise has rights to market a product under the brand) and are resident in Ontario.

For new tires where there is no brand holder resident in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires if you are the importer of those new tires and are resident in Ontario.

For new tires where there is no brand holder or importer resident in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires if you are the first person to market those tires in Ontario and are resident in Ontario.

For new tires where there is no brand holder, importer, or marketer resident in Ontario: you are the producer for the new tires if you are the person that marketed those new tires and are non-resident in Ontario.

 

What is a Collector?

A tire collector is a company that includes but is not limited to: tire retailers, vehicle dealers, auto service centers and dismantlers, municipalities and private waste management companies.

A Collector is a for-profit, not-for-profit, or municipal corporation. This is potentially any organization that removes tires from a vehicle, or that collects used tires, including but not limited to:

  • Tire dealers, retailers or wholesalers
  • Car, Truck or Trailer dealers
  • Mass merchants
  • Auto Service Center/Garages
  • Auto Dismantlers/Recyclers
  • Ontario Municipalities that collect used tires
  • Private waste management companies

What is a Hauler?

A tire hauler is a company who transports tires in Ontario to a site for processing, reuse, retreading, or disposal.

What is a Processor?

A tire processor is someone who receives and process tires for resource recovery or disposal. Processing means you are transforming tires into their constituent parts, including by shredding, chipping, grinding, cutting or cryogenic crushing. You are also a tire processor if you engage in activities to chemically alter tires, such as depolymerization.

What is a retreader?

A tire retreader is a company that replaces the tread on worn tires so that they can continue to be used as tires.

What is a Manufacturer?

A manufacturer is a company that utilizes raw materials in creating innovative recycled rubber products such as rubber mulch, sidewalks and playground surfacing used by Ontarians every day.

To work with eTracks as a Collector, Hauler or Processor, do I have to register with RPRA?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, responsible and obligated parties such as tire Producers, PROs, Collectors, Haulers, and Processors are required to register with RPRA through its Registry Website. In order to work with eTracks you must already be registered with RPRA.  RPRA’s Registry is now open. For more details and to register please visit RPRA’s website here.

What you need to know about eTracks and who we are

Who is eTracks Tire Management System?

 eTracks Tire Management Systems is a non- profit organization, incorporated by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) to meet the needs of its members and other obligated producers to responsibly manage and dispose of ELTs (End of Life Tires) in Ontario as required by the Ontario Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA).

What does eTracks do?

 We provide fulfillment services for our customer EOL tire recycling, tracking, environmental compliance, and reporting obligations according to Ontario EOL tire regulations. We are committed to delivering prudent and cost-effective services with transparent and regular updates via our website, emails, regular meetings and quarterly webinars.

Specific to Producers

I am a Producer under the new regulation, do I need to Register with RPRA?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, responsible and obligated parties such as tire Producers, are required to register with RPRA through its Registry Website. In order to work with eTracks you must already be registered with RPRA.  RPRA’s Registry is now open. For more details and to register please visit RPRA’s website here.

As a Producer how can eTracks help me meet my obligation as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

Operating as your outsourced PRO, starting January 1, 2019, eTracks will provide fulfillment services for your end-of-life tire recycling, tracking and reporting obligations in compliance with Ontario end-of-life tire regulations.  We will actively work on your behalf towards compliance with updated Ontario end-of-life tire regulations.  Our fulfillment services will be delivered according to new participation agreements and our operations will be supported by the TreadMarks electronic manifest and waste tracking system.

Specific to Collectors

Am I a Collector?

If your company works directly with consumers and provides them with a valuable service by collecting and storing their used tires than they are considered to be a Collector.

 

 

 

I am a Collector under the new regulation, do I need to Register with RPRA?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, responsible and obligated parties such as Collectors, are required to register with RPRA through its Registry Website. In order to work with eTracks you must already be registered with RPRA.  RPRA’s Registry is now open. For more details and to register please visit RPRA’s website here.

 

 

 

As a Collector, how can eTracks help me meet my obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

Starting January 1, 2019, eTracks will oversee recycling, administration and compliance for tire producers obligated under Ontario end-of-life tire regulations (RRCEA).  This means eTracks will be working with your company and Haulers to oversee the collection of tires from your facility.

 

 

 

I am currently a registered Collector under the OTS program, in 2019 who will pick up my tires?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, Producers will either work with a PRO like eTracks or work directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors to meet their obligations. As such, eTracks will enter into commercial contracts directly with Collectors, Haulers and Processors.

 

 

 

Specific to Haulers

Am I a Hauler?

If your company contributes to the flow and transportation of used tires between Collectors and Processors you are considered to be a Hauler.

I am a Hauler under the new regulation, do I need to Register with RPRA?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, responsible and obligated parties such as Haulers, are required to register with RPRA through its Registry Website. In order to work with eTracks you must already be registered with RPRA.  RPRA’s Registry is now open. For more details and to register please visit RPRA’s website here.

As a Hauler, how can eTracks help me meet my obligations as outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Tires Regulation?

The Ontario Tire Stewardship program and operating model is being replaced by an open-market system where Producer Responsibility Organizations will fulfill end-of-life tire management responsibilities on behalf of obligated tire producers in Ontario. Starting January 1, 2019, eTracks will oversee recycling, administration and ensure compliance for tire producers obligated under Ontario end-of-life tire regulations (RRCEA). This means eTracks will be working with your company and Processors who are registered with eTracks to oversee the transportation of end-of-life tires to their facilities.

Specific to Processors

Am I a Processor?

If your business accepts used tires from haulers and transform them into a range of tire-derived products you are considered to be a processor in the province of Ontario.

 

I am a Processor under the new regulation, do I need to Register with RPRA?

As outlined in the Tires Regulation, responsible and obligated parties such as Processors, are required to register with RPRA through its Registry Website. In order to work with eTracks you must already be registered with RPRA.  RPRA’s Registry is now open. For more details and to register please visit RPRA’s website here.

 

Specific to Manufacturers

Am I a manufacturer?

If your company utilizes tire derived products to create innovative recycled rubber products, you are considered to be a manufacturer in the province of Ontario.