New tire recycling program launched in Ontario

A new program is being introduced to handle the millions of used tires that come off Ontario vehicles each year.

The Used Tires Program is being funded by the tire industry and will be managed by an industry group, Ontario Tire Stewardship.

Under the program, residents will be able to drop off up to four used tires per person, at no charge, to be collected and recycled.

The tires will be able to be dropped off at a network of registered collectors across the province.

The program also plans to eliminate some 2.8 million stockpiled tires in dumpsites across Ontario over three years.

There are also plans to ensure about 11 million tires scrapped each year are turned into rubber mats, playground products, hockey rinks and automotive parts.