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TRF Tire Recycling Fees Working Hard for Saskatchewan Residents and the Environment F

ees are one way to fund recycling

from scrap tires, keeping them out of

A portion of the fee is also invested in

programs for the products you

landfills and maintains a clean and

programs such as stockpile cleanup and

purchase. When you purchase an

healthy environment for generations to

community grants.

item, such as tires, the fees cover the


and processing of the item; tasks which are performed by independent businesses in Saskatchewan. The upfront fee, called a Tire Recycling Fee (TRF) in Saskatchewan, is charged to the consumer on the purchase of new tires and is remitted to SSTC which pays directly for these services. SSTC’s

that can no longer be safely used on

scrap tire program is making tire

vehicles of all shapes and sizes. The

recycling fees work hard for the

majority of the fee (81 cents of every

environment and residents of

fee dollar) is directed towards ensuring


tires are collected, transported and recycled in a responsible and efficient manner. Only 9% of the fee is used to support program



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9% Administration

9% 10%

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10% Community cleanup/grants

45% Processing/Recycling



36% Transportation/Collection

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program helps to rid the environment

and you will find that Saskatchewan’s


includes collection, transportation,

other leading non-profit organizations

recycling program manages tires

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but is responsibly managed. This

In Saskatchewan, the scrap tire


doesn’t just end up in a landfill,

Compare these numbers to those of


cost for making sure that product


askatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation

purchased their new tires and drove

26 at Quality Tire in Regina to mark the

(SSTC) is proud to celebrate 15 years

off without a second thought – and

historic occasion. The Honourable Ken

of recycling scrap tires in the province.

many of their end-of-life tires ended

Cheveldayoff, Minister of Environment,

Since its inception, not only has SSTC

up in local landfills as domestic waste,

provided greetings on behalf of the

were stockpiled, buried or burned, or

Government of Saskatchewan.

diverted more than 21,000,000 tires, but they have removed tires from more than 300 landfills, removed tire stockpiles from private property and farm land in 113 municipalities, and given back to over 70 communities through various programs. In addition to the day-to-day service, SSTC administers several programs to recover scrap tires: Black Gold Rush, Return to Retailer, Be Tire Smart, Community Demonstration Grant, and Bike Tire Recycling.

“We have passed many milestones and changed many things for recycling scrap tires in our province,” said Don Taylor, Chair of SSTC’s Board of Directors. “We are extremely proud of SSTC’s accomplishments over the past 15 years and look forward to the future.” Over 4,000 tires are purchased in Saskatchewan every day and this number continues to grow. In a year, this equates to over 1.5 million tires - that’s enough tires to span across the province one-and-a-half times! Before SSTC, most consumers simply

even dumped indiscriminately along roadsides without much thought. Consumers have made this all of this possible by paying a recycling fee when they purchase their new tires; these funds are then remitted to SSTC. All revenue generated from the Tire Recycling Fee is spent on activities directly related to the program; including collecting, transporting and recycling of the scrap tires.

Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister or Environment and Mel Kiefer, Manager of Quality Tire

“It’s safe to say that SSTC has helped change the way Saskatchewan residents view tire recycling,” added Taylor. “And, with their support, we’ve built one of the most successful and innovative tire recycling programs in Canada.” An anniversary event was held on November

Don Taylor, Chair of SSTC’s Board of Directors and Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Environment





or just the second time since 1996, the Saskatchewan

better positioned to work within the New West Partnership, the

Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) is updating the Tire

economic partnership between the governments of B.C., Alberta,

Recycling Fee (TRF) schedule to more accurately reflect the

and Saskatchewan. The partnership focuses on key areas for

cost of recycling all types of tires included in the program.

economic growth in these provinces: trade, international co-

The changes ensure that our programs remain sustainable

operation, innovation and procurement.

and that we continue to meet our mandated responsibilities under the Scrap Tire Management Regulations.

“Retailer Responsibility gives credit where credit is due for dealing with these aspects of the program, and reflects the

The TRF for Passenger Car/Light Truck tires will NOT change

desire of the industry to seek greater control,” said Taylor.

and will remain at $4.00 (Figure 1). To set the new rates,

This and other changes are a part of SSTC’s 2014-2018 Product

SSTC worked with independent cost and rate-setting experts to develop an objective methodology that reduces crosssubsidization across tire categories, and provides support for SSTC into the future.

“We are the first tire program in Canada to develop an objective method for setting rates and are pleased that programs in other provinces are considering adopting our process,” said SSTC Board Chair Don Taylor. “Working with the rate-setting

Management Plan (approved by the Ministry of Environment in December 2013) that defines how SSTC operates in the coming years. The first of the plan’s components is to implement the TRF rate-setting methodology. The others include: • Completion of the private stockpile cleanup by 2016 • Recapitalization of the Stabilization Reserve Fund -

expert allowed us to build a fee structure that is sustainable,

mitigating risk and ensuring long-term sustainability for

predictable and transparent. This ensures SSTC’s sustainability


into the future, allowing us to continue delivering programs and value to the tire retailers and consumers.” The rate changes will take place in two phases, with the first taking effect on April 1, 2014. Starting on that date, retailers will be required to remit the new fees. To help prepare for the change, SSTC has reference materials for retailers and their customers, available at The rate change is a part of a larger shift in tire recycling in Saskatchewan. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is the future of stewardship programs, and SSTC and its members should prepare for - and embrace - this shift. An industry-lead

• Shifting to Industry Board and Stakeholder Advisory - SSTC Board composition will change to more closely align it with other stewardship organizations • Education, Awareness, Transparency - continuing with delivery of these SSTC services

Since 1998, SSTC has diverted more than 21 million scrap tires from Saskatchewan landfills

approach will eventually allow for greater national harmonization

Managing scrap tires and tire recycling in a booming, growing

of rates and a potential cost efficiency for consumers - the

province has meant an increasing challenge for retailers,

ones who pay the environmental handling fees (EHF) that fund

recyclers, and SSTC, which anticipated these challenges in past

the program(s). By making these changes, Saskatchewan is

program reviews with the Ministry of Environment. New tire



sales have increased significantly year-over-year, which leads

If you have any questions or comments regarding the changes

into the total volume of tires collected, recycled and ultimately

to the program, you can leave comments on www.scraptire.

funded by SSTC. or contact:

“This is a part of our overall program management plan,” said

Ministry of Environment - Kim Yee

SSTC Board Chair Don Taylor. “We know that a fee change is not

PH (306) 787-6124

something that is easy to deal with for anyone, but the balance


of offering a stronger recycling program is something everyone

Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation

can work with and even feel good about.”

PH (306) 721-8473


FIGURE 1 PLT - Passenger Car / Light Truck Rim Sizes 8”- 30”

MTRK - Medium Truck Rim Sizes 15” – 24.5”

AG - Agricultural Tires Rim Sizes 24” – 54”

OTR I - Off-the-Road/Mining Tires Medium Types Rim Sizes up to and including 23.5-25”

OTR II - Off-the-Road/Mining Tires Large Types Rim Sizes 26.5-25” - 39”

$4.00 +GST $14.00 +GST $25.00 +GST

$57.00 +GST

$140.00 +GST






43.2 Million RECYCLED POUNDS Equates to 2.16 million passenger car tire equivalents





fter months of rounding up and collecting scrap tires,

Roping 4-H Multiple Club located in the RM of Buckland

Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation’s (SSTC) Black Gold

collected 19,280 scrap tires, earning the group a handsome

Rush program is now complete in northeast Saskatchewan.

$12,853.50, which will be used to rebuild the arena near

The program targeted 32 Rural Municipalities, of which 25

Prince Albert.

agreed to participate; with two cities – Prince Albert and Melfort and two First Nations communities.

SSTC’s is continuing to move forward with an even more ambitious plan this summer, inviting a total of 44 RMs

Combined, over 95,656 scrap tires for a total weight of

located in the south east area of the province to take

just over 4.4 million pounds were removed from the RMs

advantage of this one time, free clean-up. RM’s will be able

as a result of the hard work from everyone involved! Over

to establish a three week period within the months of June,

$800,000 was spent on the project, with $66,290.57 of

July and August to complete the round-up.

those funds being given to service groups for their efforts.

Visit to learn more about the program

Black Gold Rush provides fundraising opportunities to

or how to get involved. If you have a private stockpile

community groups located in the participating RMs who

of tires that need recycling, please call SSTC’s office or

wish to help with the program. The Red River Riding and

register at




Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies (CATRA) Enhancing the effectiveness of scrap tire diversion and recycling across Canada.


ach year, tire recycling programs from all over Canada meet to share information, expertise and

resources to help make tire recycling more effective.


ell….not really but now that we have your attention, picture this…….it’s dark and gloomy,

people are looking depressed and fearful! They look like they are trying to avoid getting noticed and are terrified. Someone is seen running and

This year was no different, and Saskatchewan Scrap

screaming, being chased by something. It’s a…TIRE!

Tire Corporation was proud to host this year’s Annual

First just one tire, then ten, then a whole city full of

Meeting. Delegates met in Saskatoon on October 1

zombie tires. The tires are moaning, and destroying

and 2 and discussed all things scrap tires and were

everything in their path. They are polluting lakes,

introduced to new technologies and advancements in

laying around and piling up everywhere. A family

the industry.

is being chased by a gang of angry tires and which follows the family right into be recycled! This is exactly what you can see in SSTC’s newest video to promote the importance of recycling scrap tires. Recycling scrap tires, while not as threatening as


2014 Annual Public Meeting Notice

a zombie apocalypse, is still very important! The analogy of the tire zombie is to characterize the importance of recycling your scrap tires. No, old tires don’t bite but, without being properly recycled, we can miss out on the many benefits of scrap tire recycling such as crumb rubber and rubber asphalt. And, after all, they do pose a threat to our environment, the same way zombies pose a risk to our lives! To view the video go to and search

SSTC Dawn of the Treads.

If you would like a copy of the video to play in your store, please contact Kelcey Harasen at kelcey.

DATE: Thursday, March 20, 2014 or (306) 721-TIRE.

TIME: 11:00 AM PLACE: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. Regina SK Agra Torchinsky Salon This meeting will also take place via online webinar. Stay tuned for further information or visit our website. ISSUE 9 / WINTER 2014


420 - 2220 12TH AVENUE REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN S4P 0M8 PHONE: (306) 721-8473 (721-TIRE) FAX: (306) 721-1585 E-MAIL: INFO@SCRAPTIRE.SK.CA @SKScrapTire

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