Debate over tire recycling fee continues

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CALGARY, Alta. — A Calgary city alderman is renewing calls for the province to scrap a $4-per-tire recycling levy, saying it is no longer necessary.

Ald. John Schmal says that the levy was put into place when Alberta had massive stockpiles of used tires to dispose of. Now, claims Schmal, the tires have been eliminated and the fee is no longer necessary.

“Will it be like a bridge? Even when it’s paid for, the toll booth keeps on charging?” asked Schmal. “We either remove it, or we remove part of it.”

Tire Recycling Management Association (TRMA) executive director, Doug Wright, says it’s not likely to happen any time soon.

“The (recycling) industry is not yet self-sustaining,” he tells local media. “It’s still completely necessary.”

Wright adds that it is possible the $4 fee could be gradually reduced, but not eliminated altogether.

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