A new grassroots coalition – The Tire Eco-Fee Consumer Protection Coalition (TEFCPC) – is launching a public awareness campaign on BC’s tire recycling regime, which is using taxpayers dollars to burn tires and charge residents the highest tire eco-fees in Canada.
In spite of winning the 2017 election on a platform based on improving affordability and environmental responsibility, the NDP government is turning a blind eye to the negative decision making of Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC).
Burning tires for fuel is the absolute opposite to the intent behind a tire recycling stewardship program. In fact, the practice isn’t classified as such by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which states that fuel production “[u]sing scrap tires is not recycling…”
Further, the practice produces bioaccumulating toxins such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (“PAHs”), dioxins, furans as well as heavy metals. When released into the atmosphere, these emissions are causally linked to skin, lung, bladder, liver and stomach cancer following human exposure.
BC is one of the last remaining jurisdictions in North America to embrace such a practice through the support of public funds.
The province is also charging consumers the highest tire eco-fees in Canada, due to TSBC’s decision to limit tire recycling to only two companies, both of which have been contracted since the inception on the program on January 1, 2007.
The TEFCPC is asking for a re-examination of the exclusive Tire Stewardship BC program to recycle tires in the province. Changes are required to not only protect the health of all British Columbians, but also their wallets.
It is time for the NDP government to live up to its environmental and affordability commitments.