Used Tire Recycling in Nova Scotia

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Where it Goes

Nova Scotians can return up to four regulated used tires for recycling to any tire retailer in the province, during their regular business hours - free of charge.

When you are purchasing new tires, or putting on winter/summer tires, simply leave any unwanted or worn-out tires at the tire retailer.

How it Works

Tire recycling in Nova Scotia began when the Used Tire Recycling Program was established in 1997 as part of Nova Scotia’s Solid Waste Resource Management Regulations.

When you purchase on-road passenger tires, you pay a one-time environmental fee to support the cost of collecting and processing used tires. Divert NS—in partnership with retailers—administers a stewardship agreement to help facilitate keeping used tires out of our provincial landfills.

The fee amount is dependent on the size and type of tire purchased. As of July 1, 2016, fees are as follows:

Tire Size and Type

Environmental Fee

All Passenger Tires and Light Truck Tires (including all on-road motorcycle, camper and trailer tires)


Highway truck, tractor, and trailer tires not exceeding 24.5 inches


What’s Included

  • Car and truck tires
  • Motorcycle tires
  • Camper tires
  • Trailer tires

These used tires can be returned to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia. Unwanted or worn-out tires returned to the tire retailer must be off rim and free of mud and debris.

What’s Not Included

  • Tires larger than 24.5 inches
  • Off-road tires from All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
  • Tires from farming and other heavy equipment
  • Tires sold in Nova Scotia but delivered or shipped out-of-province. (For example, new tires sold for export to an out-of-province address as stated on the bill of sale or invoice, or new tires purchased on a new vehicle sold to an out-of-province address as stated on the vehicle bill of sale)

Download our Used Tire Recycling Program brochure or poster for more information.

Contact your local municipality for information on the proper disposal of non-program tires.

If you are a business and require tire pick up, please contact Divert NS toll-free at 1-877-313-7732.

Download list of tire retailers below.

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