Keeping the Momentum
The summer weather isn’t the only Of course, the program starts with
thing heating up this month. July represents the Stewards. We are constantly engaging
the 1-year mark since registration opened new organizations to help them understand
for Stewards, Collectors, Haulers and Proc- potential obligations under the Rules for
Few words have had as much essors of the Used Tires Stewardship Pro- Stewards. The combined efforts of all par-
impact on me as those of Gandhi. gram - and the momentum keeps building ties within the stewardship community
“Be the change you want to see in thanks to you! mean that a long-term, sustainable market
the world,” he wisely advises. Leav- Today we have over 400 Stewards for used tires is more of a reality than ever
ing a legacy of positive change is submitting monthly remittance reports and before.
what drives me and I know I’m not payments. Over 5,700 Collectors have In other news, OTS has launched a
alone. While a healthy culture of joined the program and another 40-50 new new initiative that targets Tire Stewardship
constructive feedback is certainly in registrations still come through the door further up the chain of responsibility. The
play across Ontario’s tire steward- each week. Hauler registrations are nearly Tire Life Check Tour will visit over 70 lo-
ship community, the various stake- triple what was expected at the outset. cations and events from June to October.
holders are clearly committed to Some of these registrants have served the Look for the teams and vehicles at a com-
positive change. scrap tire industry for many years, while muter station or event near you.
A case in point is the May others are relative newcomers, energized
Special Tire Collection event cham- into action with the help of Transportation
pioned by the Ontario Automotive Incentives put in place by OTS.
Recyclers Association (OARA) in Processor registrations have in-
partnership with OTS. The event creased as well. With OTS, the industry no
went the extra mile by supporting the longer needs to watch tires leave the Prov-
Sunshine Foundation – a charitable ince to serve lower-value applications. As
organization that helps make told through the “Closing the Loop” feature
“Dreams for Kids” with severe dis- on page 3, today Processors have access
abilities and life-threatening illnesses to all the materials required to meet their
come true. OARA’s pledge to match customers’ stringent demands. Furthering
member donations inspired organi- the objectives of the program, Processing
zations like Liberty Tire Recycling Incentives are driving further investment
Canada to make considerable contri- and growth by rewarding Processors for
butions, while outreach support from recycling and marketing tire-derived prod-
Environics Communications helped ucts. As a case in point, three new Proces-
to ensure a solid response. sors are currently in various stages of set-
The end result? Finding fitting ting-up operations in Ontario.
homes for 32,000 tires and raising
$64,000 for the Sunshine Founda-
tion. Congratulations to OARA for
showing us how change for the bet-
ter can become part of the job. Meet the OTS Profile: Tirecraft Closing the Loop The 2010 OTS Tour
Revenue Coordina- on the Auto Sector
- Andrew Horsman tor
The stewardship of National Rubber Teaching Ontarians
Tips for improving small tire dealers turns car tires into to give their tires
remittances. keeps OTS rolling. car parts. some TLC
Pg 2 Pg 3 Pg 3 Pg 4
riod. For example, TSF Remittances
for the reporting period of July are
National Rubber: Car Tires to Car Parts—Pg. 3
due by August 31.
2. Stewards can make the filing process
easier by taking care to accurately fill out July 1st 2010: Opening day for Collec-
the TSF Remittance form – paying spe- tors to submit Claims for the April
cial attention to registration number, re- 2010 – June 2010 period
porting period, signature, tire quantity,
dollar amounts, and HST. July 23rd 2010: Tire Life Check Tour at
the Aylmer Car Show
3. TSF Remittances with a zero balance
July 24th & 25th 2010: Tire Life Check
owning must still be filled with OTS.
Tour at the Fergus Truck Show
Faxed copies are also acceptable.
July 29th 2010: Tire Life Check Tour at
Diana Fernandes – OTS Operations 4. Newly registered Stewards are re- the Toronto Zoo
Centre quired to remit TSF payments back to
the September 1, 2009 OTS Program July 30th – August 2nd 2010: Tire Life
Introducing Diana start date, up to the current reporting Check Tour at Kempenfest (Barrie)
period, or from the business start date if
My role as Revenue Coordinator after September 1, 2009. July 31st 2010: Closing day for Haulers
in the OTS Operations Centre means to submit Claims for the April 2010
that I'm responsible for day-to-day trans- 5. Stewards may avoid penalties and period
actions for Tire Stewardship Fees (TSF), interest charges by filing on time. The
July 31st 2010: Closing day for Proces-
which are received monthly from Stew- late filing penalty is 10% of the TSF pay-
sors to submit Claims for the April
ards. I deal directly with the approxi- able. Remember, interest charges may 2010 period
mately 530 Stewards registered with be applied to any late TSF remittances.
OTS, answering questions about the July 31st 2010: Closing day for Stew-
Used Tire Program, following up for clari- 6. If you determine you are not a Stew- ards to submit June 2010 TSF Re-
fication on TSF remittances, and doing ard as part of the Used Tire Program, mittance Reports and payment
my best to help correct errors or missing you must confirm in writing to OTS.
information that might get in the way. July 31st – August 1st 2010: Tire Life
My role also entails reaching out 7. Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) came Check Tour at London Ribfest
to organizations that may be Stewards into effect July 1, 2010, which means
but who have not yet registered, to offer that TSF remittances starting with the August 4th 2010: 1st Meeting of the
a reminder of potential obligations and July reporting period should include OTS Technical Advisory Committee
(contact OTS for details)
provide assistance with registration. HST. TSF payments with reporting peri-
From time to time, I assist organizations ods prior to July 1, 2010 will have only August 16th – 18th 2010: OTS at the
in clarifying their status – for example, the GST applied to them. The new TSF AMO 2010 Annual Conference and
where a company has registered as a remittance form which includes HST is Tradeshow
Steward but later discover they in fact available on the OTS website
are better classified as a Collector. Fi- www.ontarioTS.ca August 31st 2010: Closing day for
nally, in addition to keeping funds mov- Haulers to submit Claims for the
ing swiftly through the system, I provide The OTS Operations Centre is available May 2010 period
OTS management with support in the 8:30AM - 5:00PM Mondays to Fridays at
form of regular reporting and meeting 1-888-687-2202 or by email at Stew- August 31st 2010: Closing day for
input. ard@ontarioTS.ca if you need informa- Processors to submit Claims for the
tion or want to resolve operational is- May 2010 period
Tips and Suggestions: sues.
August 31st 2010: Closing day for
Stewards to submit July 2010 TSF
1. TSF Remittances are due monthly Remittance Reports and payment
and the deadline for filing is the last day
of the month following the reporting pe- September 16th – 18th 2010: OTS at
the OTDA Annual Conference and
Independent Stewards keeps OTS related services in passenger, light are independent tire dealers that are an
rolling truck, truck, industrial, agriculture and integral part of every neighbourhood in
off road tire segments. The company Ontario.
Whether cruising through a golf meets customer needs by importing tire
course, harvesting a field, or keeping brands and product lines that are not About Al’s Tirecraft
thousands of commuters on track, tires available from current domestic supplier
supplied by Stewards help keep life in partners. Al’s Tirecraft started as a family-
Ontario rolling. Take a closer look, and Stewards like Tirecraft remit a owned and managed business, expand-
you see that Stewards play an important Tire Stewardship Fee (TSF) for every ing through partnership and acquisi-
role in helping to ensure all on-road and tire supplied into the Ontario market. tion. The company previously operated
off-road tires in Ontario are successfully The TSF funds Program activities such 6 company-owned stores and 6 partner-
recycled and find new life in tire derived as collection, transportation, processing ship stores until joining the Tirecraft As-
products. and manufacturing of recycled rubber sociate Program in 2006, which led to
Stewards can be vehicle manu- products and support other aspects of partnership in Tirecraft Canada in 2008.
facturers, tire brand owners, or first im- Program operation. Tirecraft now has 45 Tirecraft associ-
porters of tires. For instance, Al’s Tire- Many of the over 500 Stewards ates throughout the province.
craft, which was established in 1967 in registered with the OTS program are
Burgessville, Ontario as Al's Tire, is a automobile, tire manufacturing compa-
tire dealer that offers a full range of tire- nies and large retail chains. Others still
manufacturer of construction, agricul- Bavington of National Rubber.
tural and transportation parts with plants “Previously, we could not guarantee the
Closing the Loop in the Automotive in Ontario and Ohio. Each year, Na- availability of scrap tires, so we had to
Sector tional Rubber Technologies sells 100 under-design how we used them in our
million pounds of rubber products to the products. With a regular supply, we can
An ideal outcome for any recy- Automotive Industry and Industrial Mar- optimize our formula for the right
cling program is a closed loop system kets. While using recycled rubber over amount of recycled rubber, ensuring the
where the original producers or import- virgin material has obvious environ- highest quality at the best price.” By
ers are also the customers for recycled mental benefits and potential cost sav- supporting the collection of tires and
products. For OTS, car manufacturers ings, the practice has not always been connecting haulers with Ontario recy-
are an important Steward group while easy. In the past, uncertain availability clers, OTS is helping to ensure compa-
their dealer service centres represent a of scrap tires and competition from low nies like National Rubber are able to
major segment of the collector market. value disposal option such as incinera- provide environmentally-superior op-
Now with help of companies like Na- tion made the supply chain unpredict- tions that meet the demands of first-
tional Rubber Technologies, vehicle able. class manufacturers.
manufacturers including Ford are step- Fortunately, times are changing.
ping into the recycled rubber product “OTS has created a more ready supply
consumer role as well. of scrap tires which allows us to meet
National Rubber is a vertically the stringent demands of automotive
integrated recycler, processor, and Just-In-Time manufacturing,” says Greg
aways like easy-to-read tire mainte-
nance tip sheets, tread depth check
wallet cards and tire pressure gauges.
A sampling of events to date include:
Canada Day in Ottawa, Poultryfest near
Grimsby, Timmins Rotary Ribfest,
Busker Festival in Kingston, Brockville
Riverfest and the Pickering Farmer’s
2010 OTS Tour: Market. Watch for the TLC Touring
Teaching Ontarians to Give Their Team at upcoming events such as the
Tires Some TLC! Fergus Truck Show, Kempenfest in Bar-
rie and Rotaryfest in Sault Ste Marie.
From farmers in Smithville to cottagers Safe travels and see you on the road!
in Gravenhurst, Ontarians are learning
how to give their tires some “TLC.” The
OTS “Tire Life Check” Tour now rolling
across Ontario, consists of two teams of
tire maintenance experts that are work-
ing hard to educate people on how to
properly maintain and prolong the life of
The campaign kicked off mid-June with
an initial focus on connecting with daily
drivers at busy commuter stations in
Toronto and Ottawa. In late June, a full
roster of festival and event stops also
got into full swing.
Education is a top priority for the teas.
TLC tour staff distribute information,
survey drivers on their knowledge and
current habits and demonstrate how to
measure tire pressure. TLC tour vehi-
cles, with their bright green pop-up
canopies and displays, should be easy
to spot at community events near you.
Also keep an eye out for TLC give-
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