Petitions – Tire Disposal

April 17, 2013

Mr. Ernie Hardeman: I have a petition here signed by a great amount of people from all across the province of Ontario, and it’s to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
“Whereas the Ontario government has approved massive increases to Ontario Tire Stewardship’s eco fees for agricultural tires, increasing some fees from $15.29 to $352.80, $546.84 or $1,311.24;
“Whereas Ontario imposes tire eco fees that are dramatically higher than those in other provinces;
“Whereas other provincial governments either exempt agricultural tires from recycling programs or charge fees only up to $75;
“Whereas these new fees will result in increased costs for our farmers and lost sales for our farm equipment dealerships;
“Whereas the PC caucus has proposed a new plan that holds manufacturers and importers of tires responsible for recycling, but gives them the freedom to work with other businesses to find the best way possible to carry out that responsibility;
“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
“Please suspend the decision to significantly increase Ontario Tire Stewardship’s fees on agricultural and off-the-road tires pending a thorough impact study and implementation of proposals to lower costs.”
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for allowing me to present the petition on their behalf.