Ontario tyre burn proposals

Ontario tyre burn proposals
Published: 28 September 2004


Ontario tyre burn proposals

Ontario industries could be burning old tyres for fuel and throwing more pollution into the air under a new proposal being considered at the environment ministry, warns the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

The tyre-burning plan — buried deep in a report to the government agency Waste Diversion Ontario — calls for motorists to pay a C$4 fee when they buy a tyre. The money would go to incentives for recycling, re-using or burning old tyres.

The plan, aimed at clearing up growing stockpiles of tyres and keeping more tires out of garbage dumps, was submitted to the environment ministry for approval on Thursday. Ontarians scrap about 10.8 million tires a year.

The Lafarge cement company in Bath, on the shore of Lake Ontario near Kingston, has applied for a certificate of approval from the ministry to burn tyres but no decision has been made as yet, say the lregional environmental authorities.