WHEREAS more than two million tires per year are discarded by Albertans; AND WHEREAS the majority of these tires are stored at municipal landfills or waste transfer stations; AND WHEREAS municipalities have been burdened with the cost associated with the handling of tires;AND WHEREAS the ratepayers of Alberta have no avenue to dispose of oversize dimension tires and off-road vehicle tires;AND WHEREAS the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta collects a $4.00 per tire Advance Disposal Surcharge from consumers; AND WHEREAS a goal of the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta is to collect tires from all municipalities on an equitable basis;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties request the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta to review its program so that the cost associated with the collection, handling, transportation, and disposal of tires does not continue to be borne by the municipality.
Tires are being deposited at municipal waste transfer stations by local businesses. The transfer station attendant is required to assist in the unloading, sorting and storage of tires. The municipality is expected to transfer the tires from outlying areas to a central location where the Alberta Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta picks them up.This procedure is costly for the municipality and ratepayers argue that they are being double billed for the recycling of tires; at the time of purchase when they are required to pay a $4.00 Advance Disposal Surcharge, and again through their tax dollar when the municipality handles the tires. The Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta receives funding from the Advance Disposal Surcharge for the purpose of recycling tires. Municipalities do not receive any funding for handling tires.
The AAMDC has no resolutions currently in effect with respect to this matter.AAMDC Director Sid Hinton represents the association on the board of the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta.