The Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSS) is the approved program operator for scrap tire management and recycling activities in Saskatchewan.
The TSS is a non-profit corporation that was established in June 2017 by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the Western Canada Tire Dealers (WCTD) to serve as the scrap tire recycling program operator in Saskatchewan. The TSS is now operating in the province under a new Ministry of Environment approved Product Stewardship Program since January 1, 2018.
The TSS is led by an industry-focused Board of Directors, who receives input and advice from an Advisory Committee and from Industry Working Groups. The TSS Board members are:
- Colin Fraser, Chair – Owner/Operator OK Tire, Prince Albert (RCC Rep)
- Ray Geleta, Vice-Chair – Executive Director, WCTD
- Len Ritchot – General Manager, Market Tire
- Richard (Porky) Porter – Independent Member-at-Large
On October 19, 2017, the Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan Inc. received approval to operate the scrap tire recycling program in the province for the next three years, effective January 1, 2018, based on our submitted Product Stewardship Program (PSP). The PSP and its approval by the Minister is a requirement under The Scrap Tire Management Regulations and associated PSP Guidelines.
To review our PSP for 2018 – 2020, please click here. Our PSP sets the direction for the scrap tire stewardship program in Saskatchewan for the next three years. Our focus is on continuous improvements to the program and its administration over this time period. The PSP highlights key changes and opportunities that the TSS looks forward to implementing in the years ahead. Our vision as a program operator is to be the best tire recycling program in Canada.
Government of Saskatchewan regulations mandate tire retailers in the province to collect and remit tire recycling fees in accordance with the approved Product Stewardship Program and the Scrap Tire Management Regulations. Based on our program approval, the TSS is responsible for collecting these remitted tire recycling fees from retailers and then providing retailers with effective scrap tire collection services.
Please find below valuable program information and forms for retailers. If you cannot find what you need, please contact us and we would be happy to help you out.
Tire Recycling Fee Remittance Options for Retailers
The TSS accepts the following payment options for remitting Tire Recycling Fees:
- Online: At most credit unions and major banks, except Conexus and Affinity. Please select Tire Stewardship of Sask as payee and the account number is your TSS registration number. Fax or Email your remittance form to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): Contact the office at email@example.com for more details.
- Cheque: Please make your cheque payable to Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan Inc. and mail to 3419 Pasqua Street, Regina, SK S4S 7K9. Please include your remittance form.
Please Note: The TSS does not accept e-Transfers.
TRF Remittance Form - Fillable PDF ("Right click and Save target as…" first before filling out)
The TSS currently has four contracted service providers in Saskatchewan to provide collection services to retailers and transportation of scrap tires to registered processors. Please contact the TSS office for inquiries related to tire pickups and service needs.
The approved Product Stewardship Program includes references to supporting the development of a viable and sustainable scrap tire processing industry in the province. The Scrap Tire Management Regulations provides additional direction related to acceptable end use, as do the PSP Guidelines and the approved PSP. The TSS is interested in encouraging industry to produce higher value products from scrap tires, to work with industry on innovation and new technologies, and to support the development of new markets. TSS will serve as a champion and collaborate with industry.
Saskatchewan benefits from having an established processor located in Saskatoon. Shercom Industries Inc. produces a variety of end use products for a number of markets both in and outside of the province, and can be contacted directly for more information.
Processors and innovators with an interest in the direction of TSS and the PSP can contact the TSS office.
The R2R program provides consumers an opportunity to participate in responsible scrap tire stewardship by placing their scrap tires into the recycle stream through the R2R Program. R2R allows Saskatchewan residents to drop off a maximum of ten (10) rimless scrap tires, free of charge, at select tire retailers during business hours, even if the tires were not originally purchased at that location.
On the sale of each new tire, a TSS registered retailer charges a customer the required tire recycling fee, and then remits all collected fees to TSS on a monthly basis. This is the only revenue TSS receives to operate the scrap tire recycling program. TSS is not funded by the Government of Saskatchewan.
TSS contracts collectors to travel to Saskatchewan tire retailer locations to collect scrap tires from their business and transport those tires to the scrap tire processor. Collectors are paid by weight collected. The processor is currently paid by weight transported to that location.
TSS uses the fees collected from the retailers to pay the collectors and the processor. The retailer does not pay TSS for the tire collection service. The processor does not pay TSS for the scrap tire rubber.
The majority of TSS’ costs are for collection and processing.
TSS Moving to Zone Model for Scrap Tire Collection
Current Tire Collection
Assuming a tire retailer is in good standing with TSS (e.g. remitted fees are up to date), they are eligible for scrap tire collection by TSS at no cost. TSS provides a list of retailers who are in good standing to all collectors. Collectors are then responsible for arranging tire collection at the retail locations. Currently there is not an assigned collector for each retailer nor is there a service level expectation where a retailer can expect tire collection within a certain time period. Some retailers receive regular, timely collection while others receive virtually no service unless they contact the TSS office.
Zone Tire Collection
TSS will be implementing a zone collection model in early 2019. Through significant analysis of the collection data, TSS has defined six collection zones for the province (excluding the North). An attempt was made to ensure equitable tire volume and retailer locations across four rural zones. Regina and Saskatoon are separate zones, for a total of six. The zones are clearly defined using highways and provincial boundaries.
TSS will then contract a single scrap tire collector for each zone. Each registered retail location will fall into one of six collection zones depending upon their address.
Through this model, retailers will be assured of a minimum level of scrap tire collection service by their assigned collector as each collector will have a service level agreement with TSS therefore accountability will be improved. TSS expects to see an overall improvement in the entire collection process, and hopes to improve the operational aspects of tire collection which it manages on behalf of the 1200+ retailers in Saskatchewan through its Ministry of Environment approved Product Stewardship Program.
A Request for Proposals is open for bidding by collectors. That competition closes October 10th, after which a committee will review and recommend to the Board which company should be awarded which zone(s). In the meantime, there is no change to the current scrap tire collection process.
Please contact the TSS office at 1-833-790-1894 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
TSS’ approved Product Stewardship Program for 2018-2020 identified TSS’ interest to move to a scrap tire zone collection model to increase accountability for timely service to Registered Retailers across the province, while creating efficiencies in transportation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
TSS has issued this Request for Proposals with the objective of obtaining Proposals from Proponents seeking to provide Collection & Transportation Services within one or more Collection Zones across Saskatchewan.
TSS invites any interested party to download the RFP and respond accordingly.
NEW October 2018
1. Reminder of Discontinuation of Early Reporting Deduction
As communicated out on September 1, 2018, TSS will be discontinuing the retailer 2% early reporting deduction effective January 1st 2019. Remittances sent in after December 31 will no longer be eligible for the 2% deduction. A new remittance form will be available in the near future.
2. Zone Collections Starting in Early 2019
TSS continues to seek to improve the scrap tire collection service for all 1200+ retailers across the province. As a TSS contracted retailer, your location will fall within one of six geographic zones with a single designated TSS contracted collector. They will be the only collector permitted to collect scrap tires in that zone. A large portion of the consumer paid recycling fees goes to pay for this collection.
TSS will work with you and your collector to determine the most suitable tire collection frequency for your location, and to improve overall service. We appreciate that this is a change to past practices and you may have a new tire collector, however we hope that through a service level agreement with collectors, you will see your current service level maintained or improved. Regular collection was an issue raised by many in the survey.
Until zones are implemented, there is no change to the current scrap tire collection process.
3. Retailer Compliance Audits
TSS continues to work with our audit firm, Meyers Norris Penny (MNP), in our retailer compliance program. As we move forward, when your retail location is contacted by MNP, we ask that you work with them in a timely fashion to provide the necessary information. TSS understands that this can take time, but it is an important part of our overall program.
4. Retailer Remittance Frequency
Some of the early retailer feedback through the online survey has indicated a desire of some retailers to remit less often to TSS primarily because of the small dollar amounts having to be submitted to TSS. In early 2019, we will work with these and other retailers who would be considered good candidates to move to a quarterly or annual remittance timeframe. This will save you and TSS some processing time and effort!