In response to widespread complaints by manufacturers,
dealers and consumers, Ontario has frozen the so-called
"eco-fees" that are used to finance the diversion of
off-the-road (OTR) tires from disposal.
The move supports the government's planned replacement of
its current waste diversion approach with the new directions set
out in its proposed Waste Reduction Act, 2013. Bill
91, which is currently undergoing Second Reading debate in the
Ontario Legislature, will make individual packaging and producers
responsible for the end-of-life management of their products.
On April 1, 2013, Ontario Tire Stewardship imposed new fees that
ranged as high as $1,311 for OTR tires in the top weight class
(over 1,200 kg). Fees for typical agriculture tires jumped
from $15 to $353. The previous fees had been capped at $250
and most were well under $100. While these higher fees will
remain in effect, they cannot be raised further until Waste
Diversion Ontario (WDO) reports back on the future of the OTR
On November 29, the Ministry of the Environment amended O. Reg.
84/03 (Used Tires) under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 to
cap OTR fees at "2013 rates or lower" for the coming
year. The Minister has also ordered WDO to report back no
later than September 12, 2014 on the findings and recommendations
of a multi-stakeholder advisory committee that will investigate
cost-effective options for the reuse, recycling and diversion of
OTR tires. WDO's final report must also address
"fairness in the marketplace," consumer concerns over the
design, operation, governance and costs of the OTR portion of the
Used Tires Program, and enhanced consumer involvement in
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