Released on December 3, 2021
Company Convicted of Selling Tires Without Registering in Saskatchewan's Scrap Tire Program
An east-central Saskatchewan tire retailer has been ordered to pay unremitted tire recycling fees of more than $217,000, to Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan, the not-for-profit organization responsible for operating the province's scrap tire recycling program.
On August 27, 2021, Silk Tire Inc., which operated retail outlets in Foam Lake and Kelvington, was sentenced in Yorkton Provincial Court after pleading guilty to selling tires without participating in an approved tire recycling program. The court ordered Silk Tire Inc. to pay $217,669 in unremitted tire recycling fees, as well as $6,975 in accounting fees associated with the investigation and a $1,400 fine.
A Ministry of Environment investigation revealed Silk Tire Inc. was operating as a tire retailer, but had not registered in the approved scrap tire program operated by Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan, and was not remitting tire recycling fees collected at the point of sale.
Under The Scrap Tire Management Regulations, 2017, anyone selling tires in Saskatchewan is required to be a part of the province's Scrap Tire Recycling Program. They must also collect tire recycling fees from consumers at the time of purchase of new tires, or equipment/vehicles with tires. Those fees must be remitted to Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan businesses are responsible for end-of-life management for a variety of materials, including tires. Compliance and enforcement of these regulations is important to ensure a fair and level playing field for all businesses, and to help protect the environment.
Scrap tires collected through the Scrap Tire Recycling Program are recycled into various materials including tire shred, which can be used as base material in roadway construction or other engineering applications, and tire crumb, which is used to manufacture products such as patio blocks, parking curbs and speed bumps.
The program provides collection and recycling of tires, which minimizes improper disposal and diverts them from landfills, where they are a nuisance and hazard.
For more information, contact:Val Nicholson