On Feb. 17, 2017 the Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), directed Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to initiate a wind-up plan. In doing so, the Minister has also set a blueprint on how the Government of Ontario intends to address the closing or transition of stewardship programs, including Stewardship Ontario and Ontario Electronics Stewardship.
Highlights of the letter to OTS:
- All stakeholders – the public, Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA), municipalities, and service providers – are to receive clear and transparent communications regularly during the development and implementation of the wind-up plan.
- Data sharing must be fair and transparent with no preferential treatment.
- Data and information in OTS custody or control is not for sale
- Assets, liabilities, rights, and obligations are to be dealt with in a fair and transparent process in accordance with applicable law, and assets disposed of for fair market value.
- Current program targets or performance must be maintained or exceeded until OTS ceases operation.
Furthermore, OTS must develop a wind-up plan for itself and for a waste diversion program for used tires, which includes:
- Descriptions of designated waste that will no longer be included in the program, and how the program will be operated while the plain is being implement and ceased in operation.
- Proposals for dealing with assets, liabilities, right, and obligations of OTS, and transferring data to the RPRA that includes:
- Process of transferring data to the RPRA
- A list of all registered stewards and relevant data in the Ontario marketplace
- Data and information relating to collection and management of used tires, including detailed stakeholder information
- OTS must provide a detailed communications report that includes:
- Details of OTS communications plan with affected stakeholders and the public during the development of the wind-up plan, which includes the process by which OTS will provide information and key steps OTS will take wind up its waste diversion program
- OTS must outline how its met consultation requirements of ss. 14(13 of the Waste Diversion Transition Act during the development of the wind-up plan that includes:
- List of stewards, municipalities, service providers, and other affected stakeholders that were consulted during the plan development
- Summary of comments received by OTS from stakeholders
- A report of how comments were considered by OTS affected stakeholders
The implementation of the wind-up plan must be approved by the RPRA and commence no later than March 31, 2018, and OTS will cease operations on Dec. 31, 2018.