Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM)

Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM)

February 22, 2008 12:11 ET

NEW TIRE RECYCLING PROGRAM APRIL 1st

Manitoba’s scrap tire recycling program is changing effective April 1st, 2008.

Attention: Environment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM) a not-for profit agency created by the tire industry will replace government's scrap tire program with a new tire recycling program under a business plan approved by government to address Manitobans' concern for proper scrap tire management in a fiscally responsible manner.

"The program changing hands from government to industry is a necessary and welcome development for Manitoba's scrap tire recycling industry to remain competitive with other provinces," said Brett Eckstein, Tire Stewardship Manitoba Executive Director.

TSM's goal is to offer Manitobans a sustainable, effective and efficient scrap tire management program, which will now be more comprehensive.

"A significant change under this program is the ability of TSM to support tire recycling through Eco-Fees charged on a broader range of new tires that more accurately reflect province wide collection and processing costs," said Eckstein.

An immediate effect of the program will be the launch of a permanent collection of off-the-road tires from landfills and dealers' yards this spring, which had previously been conducted by the government program on a pilot basis.

FACTSHEET:

Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM) will effective April 1st, 2008, replace government's Tire Stewardship Board (TSB) and manage a new scrap tire program required by regulation under Manitoba's Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act.

TSM is a not-for-profit agency created to support tire retailers with a scrap tire management program that was developed with input from industry, environmental groups, municipalities, government and other stakeholders and approved by the Minister of Conservation.

The new program is to be operated by TSM, which has membership from four industry organizations selling tires in Manitoba, including The Rubber Association of Canada, the retail Council of Canada, the Western Canada Tire Dealers Association and the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association.

The new scrap tire program addresses Manitobans' concern for proper scrap tire management in a fiscally responsible manner, TSM will be able to raise the money necessary to support tire recycling through fees charged at the time new tires are sold.

In order to sell new tires in Manitoba, the retailer must participate in a province wide stewardship program that manages all types of scrap tires and tubes, including off-the-road tires. Under this program a broader range of new tires will be subject to environmental levies that more accurately reflect province wide collection and processing costs.

TSM's goal is to offer a sustainable, effective and efficient scrap tire management program, which will now be more comprehensive.

A round-up of off-the-road tires will be conducted this spring to launch the permanent collection of off-the-road tires from landfills and dealers' yards under the new program operated by TSM.

Scrap tires can be a health and environmental hazard. Without proper management, tires can pile up in the landscape creating a fire hazard and breeding habitat for mosquitoes. Manitoba has had a successful tire recycling program since 1992. Over 23 million dollars have been paid to Manitoba processors resulting in the equivalent of 11.3 million tires recycled.
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Concordia Place
202 - 1100 Concordia Avenue
Winnipeg MB R2K 4B8
Phone (204) 661-3242
Toll Free (866) 724-5002
Fax (204) 668-9704
E-Mail: info@tsmb.ca
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Contact Information

  • Brett Eckstein, Tire Stewardship Manitoba
    Primary Phone: 204-661-3242
    Toll-Free: 866-724-5002
    E-mail: info@tsmb.ca