May 15, 2006

Manitoba moves to industry-funded tire stewardship program

WINNIPEG, MAN-A proposed regulation under Manitoba's Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act will strengthen the province's tire stewardship program by moving to a new model for used tire processing. Responsibility for scrap tire management will be shifted from the current government-appointed Tire Stewardship Board (TSB) to a new organization to be established by industry. Requirements for public consultation will be broadened, with activities of this and other industry consultations to be co-ordinated by Green Manitoba Eco Solutions, which is in the final stages of becoming a special operating agency of government. In addition to co-ordinating consultations on scrap tire management, Green Manitoba will focus on three other areas of waste management including blue box materials, household hazardous waste and waste from electronic products. The province has also made available for review a guide for stewards. This document outlines what stewards need to understand about the regulation, clarifies stakeholder roles and responsibilities, and provides guidance on performance, operational and reporting expectations of programs to be established for the management of scrap tires and tubes including off-road tires. The draft regulation and guide for stewards may be viewed on-line at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/pollutionprevention. Copies may also be requested from Manitoba Conservation's pollution prevention branch, 204/945-8443.

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