Ontario Tire Industry Rolls Out Recycling Program



    
    Program means free tire disposal for consumers, elimination of stockpiles
    and $23 million investment in the first year in the scrap tire recycling
    industry in Ontario
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - A new tire recycling program rolling out in
Ontario will bring new life to the millions of used tires that come off
vehicles in the province every year by responsibly recycling them into useful
products, creating investment and new green jobs, driving innovation. The Used
Tires Program is being funded by the tire industry, and managed by Ontario
Tire Stewardship.
    Through a network of Registered Collectors - which includes retailers,
municipalities and other drop-off points across the province - the program
will allow Ontarians to drop off up to four used tires per person, at no
charge, to be collected and recycled. Tracking systems will help eliminate the
illegal dumping of scrap tires and ensure that used tires are managed by
service providers that have adopted best environmental practices.
    "Ontario's Used Tires Program marks the most ambitious used tire program
in the country," said Andrew Horsman, Executive Director of Ontario Tire
Stewardship. "The Program will remove tire stockpiles, recycle tires into
household, commercial and automotive products, and create green jobs and
economic benefits right here in our province."
    The Used Tires Program includes a three-year plan to eliminate the
approximately 2.8 million stockpiled tires in dumpsites across Ontario, as
well as ensure that the approximately 11 million plus scrap tires generated
annually are diverted from burning and land filling to other uses, such as
rubber mats, playground products, hockey rinks and automotive parts, adding to
the everyday life and economy of Ontario's communities. Until now,
approximately 50 percent of Ontario's used tires were trucked into the US to
be burned.

    
    How the Used Tires Program benefits Ontario and its residents

    Environmental Benefits:

    -   Responsible management of used tires will eliminate the unauthorized
        disposal of scrap tires and promote reusing tires and recycling of
        scrap tires into green products.

    Economic Growth:

    -   The Used Tires Program will create jobs and ensure economic growth by
        injecting over $23 million in scrap tire recycling in the first year
        alone.

    Health and Safety:

    -   Ontario Tire Stewardship will clear stockpiles protecting both
        Ontarians and the environment.

    Innovation:

    -   Funding for research and development of scrap tire management options
        to create new processes and markets for recycled rubber products
        within the province.
    

    The Used Tires Program is funded by tire brand owners and tire importers,
not the taxpayer. The program funding covers the costs associated with
collecting and recycling all future and currently stockpiled scrap tires in
Ontario, as well as research and development, and consumer education.

    About Ontario Tire Stewardship:

    Ontario Tire Stewardship (www.ontarioTS.ca) is an Industry Funded
Organization implementing and operating the approved Used Tires Program, a
province-wide scrap tire solution for on-road and off-road tires supplied into
the Ontario market, diverting them away from burning and land filling to reuse
and recycling.





For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with an Ontario Tire
Stewardship representative please contact: Primary Contact: Carrie
Makrigiannis, (416) 969-2750, cmakrigiannis@environicspr.com; Secondary
Contact: Jennifer Hills, (416) 969-2669, jhills@environicspr.com


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