The Province of Ontario has fundamentally changed the legislation that governs tire recycling. Called “Individual Producer Responsibility”, the new model makes obligated companies accountable for ensuring that their share of used tires are recovered and recycled according to standards set by the government. This “Tire Producer Responsibility” model differs markedly from the “Tire Stewardship” model that has operated in Ontario since 2009.
Tire Producer Responsibility
Under the old model, obligated companies were required to pay stewardship fees to a government-mandated entity called Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), but OTS was accountable for tire recovery. The key difference is that obligated companies that fail to comply with the new legislation may be subject to significant fines. Fortunately, companies obligated under the legislation are free to engage a third party, like eTracks, to manage their compliance obligations on their behalf.