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Released on September 17, 1998

Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM) Minister Lorne

Scott today announced that the province has implemented regulations

for all tire retailers to have a tire collection and recycling program

or to contract an agency to provide this service. The regulations

apply to both direct retailers and indirect retailers such as

automobile and implement dealers.

"We are committed to working with industry to reduce overall costs to

society of managing waste and protecting the environment," Scott said.

"These regulations will ensure that used tires are collected and

recycled across the province. There will be fewer tires in

Saskatchewan's waste stream and fewer environmental risks from tires

in landfills."

Over one million scrap tires are generated annually in the province

and they reduce the life of landfills, provide refuge for pests and

create fire hazards that have environmental and health risks. The

Scrap Tire Management Regulations are compatible with similar

regulations and programs operated in both Alberta and Manitoba.

"The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation (SSTC) initiated a

voluntary program in 1996 that was supported by a number of tire

dealers, but it became apparent over time that a voluntary

program was not financially viable," SSTC Chairperson, Don

Schlosser said. "These regulations will level the playing field

for all tire dealers."

The industry-driven SSTC was formed for the purpose of managing

the collection and recycling of scrap tires. The consumer pays a

recycling fee to the tire retailer who in turn remits it to the

SSTC. The SSTC contracts an approved and recognized processing

firm to collect the tires and deliver them to a recycling plant.

Some of the numerous products that are made from recycled tires

include playground equipment, vehicle ramps, civil engineering

material and alternate fuels. Tire recycling has created 150

jobs in Saskatchewan.

The SSTC is a non-profit organization comprised of a board of

directors from the Western Canadian Tire Dealers Association,

Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, Saskatchewan

Association of Rural Municipalities, Canadian Automobile

Association Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Automobile Dealers

Association, Canada West Equipment Dealers Association,

Saskatchewan Trucking Association, Canadian Tire Corporation and

the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.

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For more information, contact:

Bob Ruggles Don Schlosser

Environmental Protection Branch SSTC

SERM Regina

Regina Phone: (306) 842-4144

Phone: (306) 787-6178 (306) 721-8473

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