- Ontarians urged to keep on dropping off used tires at collector sites
TORONTO, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Sixty Million Tires! That's how many
tires have been successfully recycled since the launch of the Ontario
Used Tires Program, implemented by the Ontario Government and operated
by Ontario Tire Stewardship ('OTS'), in September 2009. Laid side by
side, that's enough tires to cross Canada over seven times!
Part of the recycled amount includes over 350,000 tires identified in
unsafe and potentially environmentally hazardous scrap tire piles. Not
only has OTS now successfully cleared these tires, but as awareness of
the program has grown among the public, a further 1.2 million have been
cleared from farms, auto recycling yards and from piles on other lands
as Ontarians report them to OTS. Through the actions of OTS and the
active participation of the public, the risk presented by these scrap
tire piles in Ontario is now greatly reduced.
"Hand-in-hand with Ontarians, we have successfully diverted over 60
million tires which may have otherwise ended up in landfills or
unsightly and potentially hazardous tire piles and we wholeheartedly
thank the public for its participation," said Andrew Horsman, Executive
Director of OTS. "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, there still remains much work to do and the public's help
is still needed.
What you can do to help:
If you have a few old tires to be recycled, please visit www.rethinktires.ca 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, please call
1-888-687-2202 to discuss how OTS may be able to help you getting them
removed and responsibly recycled
Andrew added, "OTS is highly focused on running an efficient Used Tire
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."
About Ontario Tire Stewardship
Established in 2009, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry
Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion
Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program.
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 per cent of Ontario tires get
efficiently and responsibly recycled into new products, leading to more
livable communities and a growing green economy in this province.
SOURCE: Ontario Tire Stewardship
For further information:
To arrange an interview with an Ontario Tire Stewardship representative please contact: