The province has been attempting to set up a tire recycling program since 2002 but, to date, tires remain piled up around the province. Telegram file photo
The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) is providing an opportunity for residents to dispose of old tires free of charge throughout the month of September.
In partnership with select municipalities and retailers throughout the province, the MMSB will host 12 used tire drop-off events and five curbside collection days.
Specific dates and locations will be advertised locally. Also, a complete schedule of events and a detailed list of materials accepted through the program are available on the MMSB’s website at www.mmsb.nl.ca.
Highway tires including passenger, light truck, commercial truck and motorcycle tires are all accepted through the program, as long as they are off the rims. ATV, dirt bike tires and farm, industrial and construction tires are not accepted.
“The Used Tire Recycling Program provides the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador with a safe and convenient way to properly dispose of used tires,” said the Terry French, minister of environment and conservation and the minister responsible for the MMSB. “We all have a responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle as a means of protecting Newfoundland and Labrador’s environment for future generations. I encourage everyone to do their part by properly disposing of used tires through one of MMSB’s drop-off days or curbside collection events.”
Along with providing a means to dispose of old tires, the MMSB says the pilot program will provide the MMSB with valuable insight into the amount of tires that are stored in people’s home, information that will help guide future improvements to the Used Tire Recycling Program.
“The MMSB is always looking for new ways to expand and improve its existing waste diversion and recycling programs in an effort to make them more accessible and convenient for the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Leigh Puddester, MMSB chairman and chief executive officer. “This pilot program not only represents an opportunity to improve the accessibility of tire recycling, but it also allows us to collect tires we, otherwise might not, capture from households.”
In addition to the pilot program, residents can leave their used tires, at no cost, with a tire retailer upon the purchase of new tires, or they can be returned to a tire retailer at a later date in manageable quantities during the retailer's normal business hours. Used tires must be in whole form, free of mud or debris, and must have their rims removed prior to being returned to a tire retailer.
In 2011, the MMSB collected and diverted close to 400,000 used tires from waste disposal sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing the total number of tires diverted from landfills to just over 3.3 million since the program began in 2002.
The MMSB is a Crown agency of the provincial government. It supports modern waste management practices with a focus on waste diversion and recycling in order to ensure a clean and healthy environment throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.