CALGARY, Alta. –The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) is speaking out against a proposed 125% increase in tire recycling fees in that province.
The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) recently said it will be hiking the fee to dispose of used tires from $4 to $9 per tire.
“This amounts to a 125% increase,” AMTA executive director Mayne Root said in the association’s newsletter. “That translates into Alberta’s road transport industry shelling out a hefty $2.5 million in the first year alone.”
“At a time when the industry is still experiencing financial difficulty as the result of the struggling economy, this increase will inflict a significant hardship,” Root added. “The transportation industry experiences very low profit margins and, in our experience, our customers will not accept any rate increase to cover this type of expense.”
The AMTA has asked the ARMA to provide a cost breakdown to justify the increase.
“Being in the transportation industry, we can appreciate the cost of collection and transportation of the tires but are unclear as to the process after that,” Root said. “What, if any, are the additional costs to the program and what revenue is generated from the resulting products?”
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