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Environmental Handling Fee for Tires Changing September 1

Monday, June 2, 2014

Please be advised that as of September 1, 2014, the environmental handling fee on tires sold in Nova Scotia will be adjusted as follows:
  • All Passenger Tires, including motorcycle, camper and trailer tires $4.50
  • Light Truck Tires not exceeding 17 inch rim size $4.50
  • Light Truck Tires exceeding 17 inch rim size $13.50
  • Highway Truck, Tractor and Trailer Tires not exceeding 24.5 inch rim size $13.50

In recent years, the environmental handling fees have not covered the costs of operating the program. This fee adjustment will cover the full cost of Nova Scotia’s tire recycling program and its related mandates. This is the first adjustment to the fees since the program’s inception 18 years ago, and the new fees are consistent with those charged in other jurisdictions.

Used tires were banned from Nova Scotia landfills and incinerators in 1996. Since then, Nova Scotians have been responsibly recycling approximately 1 million used tires each year through the Used Tire Management Program.

What Happens to Used Tires

In 2009, RRFB Nova Scotia implemented a strategy to recycle used tires into a product called Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA).

TDA is a multi-purpose rubber product made from processing used tires into consistent shapes ranging between 25mm and 300mm in size. Produced by cutting scrap tires into 25mm and 300mm pieces using machinery specifically designed for handling tires it is a multi-purpose product that has a variety of uses including construction and engineering.

TDA allows the province to develop a "made in Nova Scotia" solution for its used tires. By developing the infrastructure to process TDA, we are manufacturing a multi-purpose and cost-effective product that meets specific engineering requirements and creating value-added manufacturing jobs for Nova Scotians.

Nova Scotia’s tires are processed into a TDA product and marketed by Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd. To learn more about Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd., please visit:

For more information about our Used Tire Management Program, visit our Used Tires page.

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