Small Industrial Scrap Tires

SSTC is responsible for the sound disposal of all types of tires, including forklift, skid steer, press-on-solids and tracks.  In the past, it has been a challenge to collect and recycle these unique types of tires. With the launch of the Forklift Tire Program, it will allow SSTC to make significant program improvements for the small construction/commercial industry in Saskatchewan and provide a solution for disposing of the specific tires generated from this sector.

The program began in Regina and Saskatoon, then followed by the remainder of the province.

If you are a Retailer in Saskatchewan who sells new forklift, skid steer, press on solids or tracks and/or new equipment and have not been registered with SSTC, please complete a Retailer Registration Application and return to office.

If you require a collection of these types of tires, please contact Jolene Kainz to arrange.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY DO I HAVE TO BE REGISTERED?

All dealers and retailers that sell new tires, or lease vehicles or equipment that have new tires are required to participate in the program and comply with the regulations. SSTC offers the program that allows retailers to meet this compliance.

WHY HAVEN’T I HAD TO BE REGISTERED UNTIL NOW?

In the early stages of the program, there was minimal volume of scrap industrial tires being generated. The increasing waste in this sector has driven the need to formalize a forklift tire program. SSTC is focusing on providing this industry with an effective tire management solution.

WHO IS THE SSTC?

Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) is a non-profit, non-government agency that is responsible for the administration and management of the provincially legislated scrap tire recycling program. We are accountable to both the provincial government and the public. The SSTC manages the collection and processing of scrap tires for recycling and reuse, in order to eliminate disposal in local landfills.

WHAT ARE TIRE RECYCLING FEES (TRF)?

Through The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 (EMPA) and The Scrap Tire Management Regulations, the authority is given to make scrap tires a designated material. Therefore, SSTC being the only approved scrap tire recycling program in Saskatchewan, is allowed to impose and collect a tire recycling fee on the sale of all new tires.

Relying on a “user pay” principle, it is the consumer or “user” of the tire that bears the responsibility for the tire at the end of its useful life. The consumer pays a small recycling fee at the point of purchase of a new tire to ensure that the scrap tire is properly disposed of. SSTC manages the public funds collected through the tire recycling fee and uses these funds to collect and recycle the scrap tires generated.

IS THE TRF A TAX?

The TRF is not a tax. The TRF is levied by SSTC. The TRF is used to fund the management of used tires including the collection, transportation and processing costs of used tires, and the clean-up of landfills and private stockpiles. All of the funds remitted through the TRF are sent directly to SSTC.

WHAT TYPE OF FORKLIFT TIRES ARE ACCEPTED IN THE PROGRAM?

All forklift, skid steer and press-on-solids with rim sizes including 8” and larger, as well as agricultural and industrial tracks are accepted into the program. A TRF Classification Reference Table with more information will be provided to you after you are registered with SSTC.

HOW DO I GET MY SCRAP TIRES COLLECTED AND AT WHAT COST?

SSTC ensures that all of the scrap tires generated at a retailer’s place of business are collected and recycled, eliminating your need to dispose of the tires at the landfill, or by other means.

SSTC contracts independent private companies to collect the scrap from your business locations. SSTC will notify the collectors of your collection needs based on the information reported on your monthly remittances. You will only receive tire collection if you report your fees as required and have “tire credits”. The SSTC registrant does not pay the collector for collection services; this is handled by SSTC.

WHY DO I HAVE TO ORGANIZE THE TIRES?

To ensure that the program is a success and that all tires can be picked up efficiently, it is important that we work together to ensure proper disposal of scrap tires that are generated. Having pallets organized and ready will allow for quick and easy collection service and transport.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SCRAP TIRES ONCE THEY ARE COLLECTED FROM MY LOCATION?

SSTC works with independent recycling businesses to ensure that scrap tires are disposed of properly. The tires are recycled and repurposed into usable, marketable items such as playground surfaces, road paving material, patio blocks, shingles, mats and a whole lot more.

DO I HAVE TO CHARGE THE TRF IF NO SCRAP IS BEING PRODUCED?

Yes, the TRF is applicable to all new tire sales regardless if there is a scrap left behind. Retailers need to encourage consumers to leave their scrap behind as it is the easiest way for the tires to make it into the recycling process.