ISSUE 9 | WINTER 2014 | SASKATCHEWAN SCRAP TIRE CORPORATION
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
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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program helps to rid the environment
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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
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ROLLING OUT RATE CHANGES & RETAILER RESPONSIBILITY F
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 www.scraptire.sk.ca. 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
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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.
sk.ca 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
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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.”
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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
SSTC BY THE NUMBERS | 2013 TOTALS
43.2 Million RECYCLED POUNDS Equates to 2.16 million passenger car tire equivalents
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BGR BLACK GOLD RUSH UPDATE OVER 95,000 TIRES ROUNDED UP IN THE NORTHEAST
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
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 www.scraptire.sk.ca 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 www.scraptire.sk.ca/black-gold-rush.
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ZOMBIES ARE COMING
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
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
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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 www.youtube.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
www.livestream.com/scraptire Stay tuned for further information or visit our website.
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