In the early 2000s, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment considered a plan that would see used tires burned, instead of recycled.
Burning tires that can be recycled makes no environmental sense. Just as when garbage is burned, burning used tires creates a huge amount of toxic emissions. And burning also makes no economic sense, especially if local jobs can be created recycling used tires.
In 2004 TEA was leaked a confidential proposal to burn tires, which was being submitted to the Minister by Waste Diversion Ontario, an arms-length government advisory board charged with diverting Ontario's waste.
TEA responded: TEA issued a media release and a key report that outlined the impact of burning tires and the alternatives.
For more information on the used tire issue:
- Click here for TEA's 2004 press release.
- Read "TEA Tire Backgrounder: Impacts & Alternatives to Burning Tires" including recommendations for tire recycling.
- Read the proposal for Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO)