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)

$4.50/tire

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

$13.50/tire

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.

Tire Retailers and Salvage Yards

Under Nova Scotia Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations, all retailers (regardless of location) are required to register with Divert NS before selling any regulated passenger tires in Nova Scotia. To register with Divert NS to sell regulated passenger tires in Nova Scotia, please call 902-895-7732 or email info@divertns.ca.

Download the list of current tire retailers:

Used Tire Collection - Retailers and Salvage Yards please note the following:

  • Storage of used program tires is the responsibility of tire retailers and salvage yards. Used tires must be stored according to the National Fire Code requirements.
  • It is the responsibility of tire retailers and salvage yards to contact the contracted tire hauler for tire pickups.
    • Cape Breton - Dutch Brook Disposal Services Ltd. at 902-539-7345
    • Mainland Nova Scotia - Cote Tire Junky at 902-890-1627
  • In order to receive a tire pickup, retailers and salvage yards must be registered with Divert NS.
  • To avoid used tire stockpiles, best practice is to call when there are no more than approximately 500 tires ready for pickup. This also makes it easier for the hauler to collect all your tires at once.
  • Tires must be off the rims and clean of any debris or contaminants. The hauling company has the right to refuse to pick-up tires if they deem that the tires are too contaminated or not easily accessible. To avoid dirt and debris in the tires, do not push tires around on dirt or gravel pads with heavy equipment.
  • Off-road tires (OTR) are not part of the tire recycling program and will not be picked up.
  • The maximum time used tires can be stored without pickup is one (1) year. Again, used tires must be stored according to the National Fire Code at all times, and it is the responsibility of the tire retailers and salvage yards to call for tire pickups.

For more information about the Used Tire Management Program, please call Divert NS toll-free at (877) 313-7732 or email info@divertns.ca.

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