All retailers in the province that sell new tires and/or vehicles or equipment with new tires must participate in the SSTC’s scrap tire management program.
Tire Recycling Fees
The tire recycling program operates as a user-pay system. Consumers pay a tire recycling fee (TRF) on every new tire purchased in the province. All fees collected go exclusively towards the operation of the scrap tire recycling program and are used primarily to pay for transporting and recycling Saskatchewan's scrap tires to ensure proper disposal in environmentally responsible ways.
There are over 1,350 retailers who sell tires in Saskatchewan, either as a stand-alone product, or as part of new vehicles, farm implements, pieces of equipment, etc. The program requires that retailers collect a TRF on every new tire sold and remit it to the SSTC to cover the costs of the recycling program. When retailers put new tires on a consumer's vehicle, retailers also hold and store the old tires until they are collected by the program.
The TRFs vary by tire type in order to adequately compensate for the higher cost of collecting and disposing the various tire sizes. The current fee structure can be found in the Tire Recycling Fee Schedule.
Provincial legislation requires that all retailers in Saskatchewan who sell new tires as part of their business operations, must establish a provincially approved “product management program” for the proper handling of their scrap tires, or they must enter into an agreement with an entity willing to operate and provide such a program on their behalf. There are no exemptions to this requirement.
Under the terms of the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Management Regulations, the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) submitted the 2014-2018 Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation Product Management Plan for the Minister’s review and approval.