Used Tires

Since 1997, Nova Scotians have been recycling more than one million used tires each year through the used tire management program.

Environmental Handling Fee Changing September 1, 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 SUV, 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.

Tire Retailers: Updated brochures, mini posters and remittance slips have been mailed to you. If you have not received them, please contact us.

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's Included (return to retailer):

  • Car and truck tires
  • Motorcycle tires
  • Camper tires
  • Trailer tires

Unwanted or worn-out tires returned to the tire retailer must be off the rim and free of mud and debris.

What's NOT Included:

  • Tires larger than 24.5 inches
  • Off-road tires from All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
  • Tires from farming and other heavy equipment
  • Tires sold in Nova Scotia but delivered or shipped out-of-province*

Contact your local municipality for information on the proper disposal of non-program tires.

RRFB used tire management
RRFB used tire management
Used Tires
Mini Poster

* Effective June 1, 2015, environmental handling fees will not apply to new passenger tires that are sold in Nova Scotia but delivered or shipped out-of-province. For example, new tires sold for export to an out-of-province address as stated on the bill of sale or invoice, or new tires purchased on a new vehicle sold to an out-of-province address as stated on the vehicle bill of sale.

How It Works

The used tire management program was established in 1997 as part of Nova Scotia's Solid Waste Resource Management Regulations. These regulations ban on-road passenger tires from disposal in provincial landfills and require retailers selling these tires to participate in a stewardship agreement, which is administered by RRFB Nova Scotia.

When consumers purchase on-road passenger tires, they pay a one-time environmental fee to support the costs of collecting and processing used tires. The fee is dependent on the size and type of tire purchased:

Tire Size and Type Environmental Fee
All passenger tires (all on-road motorcycle, camper and trailer tires) $4.50/tire
Light truck tires not exceeding 17 inches $4.50/tire
Light truck tires exceeding 17 inches* $13.50/tire*
Highway truck, tractor, and trailer tires not exceeding 24.5 inches $13.50/tire
*NOTICE: Change in Environmental Handling Fee for Light Truck Tires Effective July 1, 2016
On July 1, 2016, Nova Scotia will reduce the environmental handling fee for Light Truck Tires over 17 inches to reduce administration and make our fees consistent with the fees charged in neighbouring provinces. That means going forward, Nova Scotia will have only two environmental handling fee categories:
• All Passenger Tires and Light Truck Tires (including all on-road motorcycle, camper and trailer tires): $4.50
• Highway Truck, Tractor and Trailer Tires not exceeding 24.5 inch rim size: $13.50

Nova Scotians can return up to four regulated tires at a time to any tire retailer in the province - free of charge.

Unwanted or worn-out tires should be left at the tire retailer when buying new tires.

As the manager of the program, RRFB Nova Scotia arranges regularly scheduled collection from tire retailers and salvage yards throughout the province. If your business requires a tire pick up, please contact RRFB Nova Scotia toll-free at 1-877-313-RRFB (7732).

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:

Tire Remitters

Companies registered with RRFB Nova Scotia as Tire Remitters:

We recommend that tire retailers review this list and the changes each month to ensure fees are applied appropriately.
To register as a tire remitter with RRFB Nova Scotia, please print and complete the tire registration form, and send it to RRFB Nova Scotia.

Scan and email:
Fax: 902-897-3256
Mail: 36 Commercial St. Truro, NS B2N 3H9

RRFB Nova Scotia is responsible for collecting used tires in the province. Regularly scheduled pick-ups take place at all registered tire retailers and salvage yards. If your business requires a tire pick-up, please contact RRFB Nova Scotia toll-free at 1-877-313-RRFB (7732).

Pay on Purchase (POP)
RRFB Nova Scotia allows small retailers to pay the Environmental Fee on each tire it purchases, directly to its distributor by registering for Pay on Purchase (POP). This process allows small retailers to recover the fee from consumers as they purchase tires, and eliminates the need to report and remit these fees to RRFB Nova Scotia on a monthly basis.

You may be eligible to become a POP retailer if you sell fewer than 1,000 tires per year and purchase tires exclusively from a tire distributor(s) registered with RRFB Nova Scotia. For more information and to register as a POP retailer please contact RRFB Nova Scotia toll free 1-877-313-RRFB (7732).

How will I know when to charge the tire fee?
On the first business day of each month, an updated list of all Tire Remitters is published on the this website. If a customer is currently registered as a Remitter, you are not obligated to charge the tire fee. If a customer is not on the list, you are obligated to charge the tire fee at the time of sale.

When changes are made to the list (e.g., a Remitter changes to a POP, business closure) these changes will be summarized separately, indicating the effective date of the change. We hope this summary will be a valuable tool, providing tire distributors a quick and efficient way to determine if any changes impact its operations.

300 kg

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