Tire Take Back 2017

Did you know that…

  • Over 12 million tires are sold every year in Ontario
  • Over 90 percent of all tires contain non-biodegradable materials such as synthetic rubber, oil, polyester and steel, which could be a burden on our environment if improperly managed
  • Up to four tires can be recycled for free at registered collectors at any time, during regular business hours
  • Recycling four tires can save the energy equivalent of 18 gallons of gasoline and reduces greenhouse emissions by 146 kg (323 lbs) of CO2 equivalent (Source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries)
  • Your old, used tires can be responsibly disposed of through OTS and turned into new, green products for your home, garden and community spaces


OTS Program Facts

Ontario Tire Stewardship is an Industry Funded Organization (IFO) established by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to support the development, implementation and operation of a diversion program for used tires in Ontario. Its primary objective is to foster the implementation of a sustainable used tire stewardship program in the province of Ontario.

  • In 2015, OTS reached the milestone of diverting its 85 millionth tire in Ontario from ending up in landfills and hazardous stockpiles.
  • There are about 7,000 registered tire collection locations across the province where Ontario drivers can drop off up to four tires for free. For a full list of locations, visit RethinkTires.ca.
  • To date, OTS has cleaned up more than 1.6 million tires in piles across the province.
  • Through the Used Tires Program, old tires are transformed into a variety of eco-friendly products including patio tiles, rubber mulch, gym flooring and floor underlay.
  • The program is funded through the Tire Stewardship Fee – a fee paid by tire manufacturers and importers to OTS in order to cover the costs of responsibly diverting tire waste through the Used Tires Program.

Since the introduction of the Program in 2009, OTS has made significant investments in the Ontario tire recycling industry, including Research & Development (R&D), which has driven more $40 million dollars of new investments, innovation in Ontario’s green sector, and created hundreds of new jobs in the province.


OTS Supporting Innovation

OTS and the Used Tires Program support innovation through partnerships with several Recycled Product Manufacturers including:

  • Heffco - Rubber mulch doesn’t fade, compress, or rot. This makes it cleaner and safer for gardens, landscaping, and playgrounds than traditional mulch.
  • SofSURFACES - SofTILE is a durable, slip-resistant playground surface made entirely of recycled materials.
  • National Rubber Technologies (NRT) – Pro-Fit Athletic flooring is made from recycled tires and is durable and non-slip.
  • Enviroshake – Enviroshake roof shakes look like cedar shingles but last longer, are fire resistant and cost-effective.
  • Multy Home - Multy Home’s envirotile™ patio tiles are made entirely of recycled tires. They are used as patios, pathways and decorative accents in gardens.
  • Eco-Flex – Eco-Flex’s innovative paving stones and bricks are made from recycled tire rubber, and are suitable for patio paving, driveway applications and sidewalk surfacing.
  • North West Rubber – Made of 100% recycled tire rubber RedBarn rubber mat products are highly durable and slip and weather resistant, making them ideal for use in high-impact applications such as agricultural and recreational use.
  • Fabricushion – Fabricushion offers a range of carpet cushion and acoustical underlayment products made from recycled rubber products that are durable and easy to install, and help improve sound shock and sound absorption and comfort.
  • Shercom – Offers a selection of recycled rubber landscaping, paving and playground surfacing solutions that are more durable than alternative solutions, and easier to maintain, making them ideal for patios, decks, sidewalks, driveways and around pools/trampolines and play areas.