Calgary urges province to scrap tire recycling surcharge

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CALGARY, Alta. — A Calgary city alderman is calling on the province of Alberta to scrap a $4-per tire recycling tax.

Ald. John Schmal made the announcement yesterday and the motion will come before council next Monday.

"To continue to charge Albertans the $4 tax is a ripoff," Schmal tells local media. "It’s served its purpose."

He points out that the majority of used tires in Alberta have already been recycled and the levy is nothing more than a government slush fund.

Schmal says that leftover money from the tax should be used to dispose of the last of the provinces used tires, but the tax itself is now obsolete.

Provincial Finance Minister, Pat Nelson, was surprised by the suggestion. She responded by saying "If (council) wants to drop me a letter, they can do that."

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