Tire Stewardship Manitoba (TSM) is a not-for-profit industry organization formed to manage the scrap tire recycling program on behalf of the tire recyclers in Manitoba under the provincial Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act, Tire Stewardship Regulation 2006. Separate regulations under the WRAP Act support product stewardship programs for designated materials such as used oil, scrap tires and multi-material (Blue Box). Industry stewardship organizations such as TSM are established under these regulations to implement waste reduction programs for designated wastes. These industry organizations operate externally from government, but are accountable to the Minister of Conservation.
The aim of product stewardship is to find better methods of diverting or reducing the amount of designated materials as landfill wastes by encouraging industry producers to consider improving end-of-life management for the materials they design, manufacture and sell. This is achieved by bringing greater levels of responsibility to the producers and users of the materials and products.
TSM’s initial tire stewardship plan was approved in 2007 by the Minister of Conservation and the current plan has been approved by the Minister of Conservation for a five-year program plan renewal that will extend its mandate to the end of 2016.
TSM’s mandate is to implement an approved scrap tire recycling program plan substantially in accordance with its intent, consistent with the requirements of the WRAP Act, Regulation, and Minister’s Guideline for Tire Stewardship, as approved and amended. To fulfill its mandate, TSM will work with Manitoba Conservation and all program stakeholders to achieve the following objectives:
- Operate a program that addresses all tires and tubes in Manitoba.Ensure timely, cost efficient collection of all scrap tires from all parts of the province without user fees at the point of collection.
- Ensure adequate processing capacity to prevent build-up of backlogs of whole or partially processed scrap tires.
- Promote economically viable end uses and market applications for scrap tires.
TSM is accountable to its stakeholders and the public for the collection, processing and environmentally sound disposal of all scrap tires designated under the regulation. Through an open and transparent revenue system, TSM collects an eco-fee on the sale of new tires from the retailer and these fees pay for transporting and recycling Manitoba’s scrap tires in an environmentally responsible manner. All the eco-fees collected are used in the operation and enhancement of the tire-recycling program for Manitoba. TSM has developed board governance policies and procedures consistent with established industry standards and is held to account through an annual professionally conducted audit and government oversight.