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Producer Instructions
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Who is YESS?

YESS is a full service company that will help you transition from the old stewardship program, under Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), to the new stewardship system mandated by the provincial government.

Can you explain the new tire stewardship system?

The old system of paying OTS to recycle tires is being phased out by the government at the end of the year. OTS has been ordered by the Ontario government to wind down. The program will cease to exist after December 31, 2018.

A new recycling system is being set up, one that gives you more choice.

In the past, you signed up with OTS and paid OTS a fee for every tire you put into the market. It was then OTS’s responsibility to meet government-approved targets.

Now, the new system places that responsibility directly on individual producers – tire manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and first importers – YOU! It is up to each producer as to how they will meet those rules – in this case, which company you will hire to help you meet those rules. YESS wants to be that company for you!

Am I a producer?

If you are a brand holder, first importer, equipment manufacturer, e-tailer or marketer of a tire or vehicle, you are a producer. For absolute certainty, please contact RPRA.

What is my responsibility as a producer?

You must first register with RPRA. You must then establish a collection network, collect tires and ensure these tires are properly recycled. You must also report annually to RPRA.

YESS can help you do ALL that.

What happens if I import from Quebec?

If you import a tire from Quebec you are considered a producer. You will be responsible for those tires. YESS is setting up a network of haulers and processors to help you meet your responsibilities.

What if my vendor is out of province and says they will be a producer?

Your vendor should register with RPRA. Regardless, you remain legally responsible for the collection and recycling of tires.

What if I am a voluntary steward with OTS – what is my risk?

Voluntary producers can report on behalf of their clients. Performance requirements, such as collection and recycling, fall on producers only. They do not fall on voluntary producers.

What is the benefit of hiring YESS?

You are in the business of selling tires. We are in the business of collecting, hauling and recycling them. Hiring YESS means you get to focus on what you do best.

Do I need to set up a collection network and actually process tires to be compliant?

Yes and no. You are responsible for meeting the rules laid out by the government, including setting up a collection network. The good news is you can hire YESS to take care of this for you.

What if we don’t have a good year and can’t meet our collection target?

That is what YESS is here for. We are setting up a collection network across Ontario to help you meet your collection target. You may not be able to collect enough tires to meet your obligation, but we will!

How will YESS charge me?

Once you have determined what your obligation is – i.e. the amount of tires you must collect in 2019 – YESS will multiply this by the how much it costs to recycle a kilogram or tonne of tires.

What will YESS use these fees for?

The fees will be used to pay YESS’s collection network, including haulers, recyclers and recycled product manufacturers, ensuring that your producer obligations are met.

Are you charging during the fee holiday?

No. YESS will charge you solely on your producer obligations for 2019. Nothing more, nothing less.

Can I show a fee?

Yes. However, if you show a fee to the end user (e.g. at retail) you will be required by the government to produce a third-party audit that proves the fee charged is the actual cost to recycle a tire.

Who will charge me fees?

YESS will not charge you a fee per tire. Instead, YESS will charge you based on your legal obligation – nothing more, nothing less. If you buy tires from another producer in Ontario, they may pass the fees from their PRO on to you.

When will YESS start charging fees? When can I as a producer start charging fees?

YESS will charge you a set amount for your 2019 obligation – nothing more, nothing less. How you recover what YESS charges you is up to you.
However, if you charge a fee, by law you will need to submit a third-party audit to the Ontario government to prove the fee covers the cost of managing the tire.