April 4, 2005

Newfoundland launches new structure for used tire recycling program

Newfoundland and Labrador's Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the establishment of a sustainable, long-term business approach for used tire processing and recycling in the province. The RFP is for the processing of the current stockpile of tires at Placentia, Bull Arm and Stephenville, as well as tires that will be generated on a continuing basis in the province. The MMSB has also awarded DD Transport, of Mount Pearl, a contract to establish permanent infrastructure in the province for the collection of used tires.

Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Osborne said the RFP is part of government's new strategic approach for the used tire recycling program in the province. "A few months ago we announced that our approach to the used tire recycling program would see the collection of used tires separated from their processing and recycling, and that MMSB would assume direct responsibility for collections on a permanent basis," he explained. "MMSB has recently put in place a new collection system for used tires with the support of DD Transport, and will now turn its attention to securing a 'made in Newfoundland and Labrador' business solution for the processing and recycling of the tires."

MMSB chair and CEO John Scott said the RFP is structured in a manner that supports a flexible and adaptable business model for tire recycling. "Through this process, the tires collected by MMSB could be made available to a number of potential processors to support multiple products for diversified markets, both locally and externally. A single processor may also be considered if it is demonstrated that a specific business proposal is a viable and sustainable approach over the long term."

He emphasized that the RFP will protect existing tire recyclers in the province by ensuring that they continue to have access to a sufficient supply of tires to meet their business needs.

Scott also outlined details of the tire collection system put in place by the Board. "DD Transport has been retained to provide a mobile collection service for all tire retailers in the province, with the exception of Labrador West, Churchill Falls, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the north coast of Labrador which will be serviced through separate contractors to be identified in the very near future," he said.

"Once a tire retailer accumulates 30 or more used tires, MMSB's contractors will promptly pick them up and, through a number of secure transhipments stations throughout the province, transport them to MMSB's central storage yards in the short term, but ultimately to one or more tire processors who will be selected through the RFP process."

Effective immediately, the general public can drop off their used tires at any tire retail location in the province during normal business hours. Used tires will no longer be accepted at Department of Transportation and Works depots or municipal waste disposal sites. Scott noted that MMSB will also be collecting tires from other used tire generators in the province, such as auto salvage yards, on an as-needed basis, but that these facilities are not drop-off locations for the general public or any other party.

Documents relating to the RFP may be requested by calling the MMSB at 709/753-0948. The deadline for proposals is May 24, 2005.

In other activities, the MMSB has announced details of its household hazardous waste (HHW) collection program for 2005. This year, the program will provide 16 collection events in 10 communities: Mount Pearl, Corner Brook, Conception Bay South, Grand Falls-Windsor, Gander, Paradise, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Torbay, and Conception Bay Centre. The city of St John's will hold its own HHW collection events in 2005. In addition, the Green Bay Waste Management Authority operates a permanent HHW collection depot for that region.

In addition to providing Newfoundland and Labrador residents safe disposal options for HHW, MMSB has also produced public education guides to assist communities in developing their own programs and to inform residents about the safe use and disposal of HHW. Both guides are available from the Board at 1-800-901-MMSB (6672) or on-line at www.mmsb.nf.ca.

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