TIRE RECYCLING PROGRAM

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Overview

Having launched in 1992, ARMA’s tire recycling program is the second-oldest in Canada. Since then, Albertans have stepped up and helped recycle more than 144.5 million tires, diverting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of tires from landfills.

In this program, recycled tires don’t go far once they’re dropped off at a collection site, as they’re processed right here in Alberta. ARMA-approved processors turn these recycled tires into a tire-derived aggregate (TDA), rubber crumb for top dressing in sports fields, or used as feedstock for manufactured products. 

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tires have been recycled since 1992

Eligible Products and Fees

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new tires, ranging from $4 – $200, support the associated costs of recycling tires. When buying new tires, customers can usually leave their old ones behind thanks to over 2,200 vehicle and tire dealers and auto repair shops that play a dual role—selling new tires and being a primary collection point for scrap tires destined for recycling at registered recycling facilities in Alberta. There are also many recycling depots (collection sites) in the province where you can take your old tires so they can be recycled effectively, securely, and in an environmentally safe manner.

See below for a list of eligible products in Alberta’s Tire Recycling Stewardship Program and the associated environmental fees.

Passenger and light truck tires

Current Fees:

  • Passenger and light truck tires (including spares), designed for use on passenger cars, light trucks (consumer or commercial under 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight) and multipurpose passenger vehicles (MPVs), including sport and crossover utility vehicles (SUVs and CUVs) – $4.00
Specialty, Industrial and other tires

Current Fees:

  • Specialty, industrial and other tires with a rim diameter of 8″ up to and including 24″ such as trailer tires e.g. boat, recreation/travel; motorcycle (on and off-road), ATV, golf cart, lawn tractor, skid steer, forklift, and mini-loader – $4.00
MEDIUM TRUCK TIRES

Medium truck tires, for example, those used on larger commercial freight trucks and passenger buses – $14.00

Off-the-road (OTR)

OTR is used in construction, road building, forestry, mining, oil exploration, and other industries – either $40, $100 or $200 depending on the rim size

More Detailed Information

For more detailed information (including which tires are excluded from the program) please see the Products, Definitions, and Fees.

Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) does not provide any support, financial or otherwise for the reuse, supply or sale of used tires. Further, ARMA does not endorse or recommend the collection, sorting, culling or grading of used tires for reuse, supply or resale. Due to the unknown condition of used tires, the reuse, supply or sale of used tires poses significant risks of tire failure that may result in damage, loss, bodily injury or death. ARMA disclaims any and all liability for any damages, losses, injuries or death arising from the reuse, supply or sale of used tires.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not only are discarded tires ugly to look at, they also pose a number of health risks. They present a fire hazard that can produce toxic fumes. When left out in the open, they collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes including those carrying West Nile Virus. The good news is, while tires are nasty when they’re discarded, they’re a valuable source of material that can be turned into new products and new jobs.

Alberta Recycling works closely with municipalities, tire and vehicle dealers, tire shops and registered tire processors across the province to ensure tires are recycled safely and responsibly.

What is recycled?

Almost every type of tire can be recycled in Alberta. The most common are those found on your car or truck. However, Alberta’s tire recycling program includes off-road tires and specialty tires that are used on construction and industrial equipment. The six million tires Albertans discard every year are diverted from landfills, made into shred or crumbs, and put to good use once again as new products.

Are all tires in Alberta recycled?

All vehicle tires, as well as construction, industrial, and off-the-road tires are recycled right here in Alberta.

How are tires processed?

The scrap tires are picked up from tire shops, vehicle dealers, automotive repair shops or municipal collection sites (recycling depots) across the province by the registered tire processors. The tires are run through a shredder, which is the final stage of processing for almost half the scrap tires generated in a year, and the other half of the tires are processed into crumb rubber.

What do the tires become?

Recycled scrap tires are turned into:

  • Tire-derived aggregate (TDA) that is used as a drainage material in municipal landfills, replacing expensive washed rock
  • Playground surfaces
  • Sidewalk blocks, matting products and roofing tiles
  • Mulch for landscaping
  • Whatever innovative Albertans will think of next!
I have a large number of old tires, who should I contact to collect them?

You can normally take your tires to a collection site near you—use our Depot Finder—however, you can contact your local 4-H Alberta who will collect old tires and electronics from farms, acreages, and residences. You can also contact one of our registered processors to arrange a pick-up if you have a large volume of tires—typically 100 or more.

Can I recycle bicycle tires?

Yes. Since 2007 bicycle commuters and casual cyclists have been able to recycle their used bicycle tires at a number of locations throughout the province. “Bike tire cages” have been set up in the parking lots of various sporting goods stores, cycle shops or recycling depots.

Where do I recycle my bicycle tires?

A list of locations accepting bicycle tires is available on our Bicycle Tire Recycling page.

How is tire recycling going in Alberta?

Albertans are champion recyclers. In 2016 we celebrated the recycling of 100 million tires. To date, 144.5 million tires have been recycled, that’s enough to wrap around the equator more than five times!

How much does it cost to buy a recycled tire product such as sidewalk blocks?

Please refer to the list of processors for product information.

Is there a grant program to buy recycled tire products?

Please visit Municipal Grant Program for an update on the grant program.

I purchased tires in the United States. Do I have to pay the Alberta environmental fee?

Yes. The tires brought in from other countries will one day be recycled as part of Alberta’s tire recycling program and are subject to the same environmental fee charged on every new tire in Alberta.*

*Tires with a rim size less than 8 inches (20 cm) are exempt.

DOES ARMA SUPPORT THE REUSE OR RESALE OF TIRES?

ARMA does not provide any support, financial or otherwise for the reuse, supply or sale of used tires. Further, ARMA does not endorse or recommend the collection, sorting, culling or grading of used tires for reuse, supply or resale. Due to the unknown condition of used tires, the reuse, supply or sale of used tires poses significant risks of tire failure that may result in damage, loss, bodily injury or death. ARMA disclaims any and all liability for any damages, losses, injuries or death arising from the reuse, supply or sale of used tires.

Environmental Fee Info

The environmental fees Albertans pay when purchasing new tires help fund the cost of recycling them.

Albertans are some of the most dedicated recyclers in the world. Alberta residents and businesses have helped to ensure that 144.5 million tires have been recycled since 1992.

Recycled scrap tires are turned into:

  • Drainage material in municipal landfills, replacing expensive washed rock
  • Playground surfaces
  • Sidewalk blocks, matting products and roofing tiles
  • Mulch for landscaping