Nova Scotians can return up to four regulated used tires at a time for recycling to any tire retailer in the province, free of charge.
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 works with retailers to help keep used tires out of landfills.
More than one million used tires are diverted from Nova Scotia’s landfills each year. On-road motor vehicle tires with a rim size of 24.5” or less have been banned from landfills since 1996. Keeping tires out of landfills conserves space.
Here’s what happens to used tires that are returned to retailers.
Divert NS has contracts with two processors for the majority of used tires:
- Up to 80% of returned used tires go to Halifax C&D to be recycled into Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA). Tires are cut into pieces to be used for civil engineering projects.
- Up to 20% of returned used tires go to Lafarge Canada in Brookfield. Lafarge uses the tires for Tire Derived Fuel (TDF) as an alternative to coal. TDF is a well-established and accepted, research-based technology used around the world, including regions with some of the strictest emissions standards. Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change approved the TDF pilot and is reviewing/monitoring Lafarge’s progress.
The environmental fee paid when buying new passenger tires covers the costs to administer the program, including collection and processing. Divert NS pays Halifax C&D and Lafarge for contributing to the program.
Divert NS continues to seek additional markets for our used tires. We also engage with smaller processors, for example, a project splitting tires for farm silage cover, and another project using tires as wharf bumpers.
The Benefits of Recovering Tires
- Extends the life of our landfills.
- Conserves energy and natural resources such as water and crude oil.
- Creates jobs in the collection, transportation, and processing of used tires.
- Protects the environment.
The environmental fee charged depends on the size and type of tire purchased. The fees are as follows:
|Tire Size and Type||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|
You can return up to four eligible tires, during business hours, to any tire retailer in Nova Scotia. Unwanted or worn-out tires returned to the tire retailer must be whole, off rim and free of mud and debris.
Tire Retailers and Salvage Yards
All retailers (regardless of location) are required to register with Divert NS before selling any regulated passenger tires in Nova Scotia. To register, please call 902-895-7732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For tire pickups, please call:
Cape Breton, Maia Transport: 902-295-0369
Mainland Nova Scotia, Cote Tire Junky: 902-890-1627
Current registered tire retailers:
- PDF (as of August 31, 2023)
Guidelines for Retailers and Salvage Yards
- Divert NS does not automatically arrange pickups. Retailers and salvage yards are responsible for contacting their tire hauler for pickups.
- Storage of used program-eligible tires is the responsibility of tire retailers and salvage yards. Used tires must be stored according to the National Fire Code requirements.
- The maximum time used tires can be stored without pick-up is one (1) year.
- Retailers and salvage yards must be registered with Divert NS to receive a tire pick-up.
- Please call when there are no more than 500 tires ready for pick-up to avoid used tire stockpiles—making it easier for the hauler to collect all your tires at once.
- Tires must be whole, 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 not easily accessible or are too damaged and/or contaminated. Do not push tires around on dirt or gravel pads with heavy equipment to avoid dirt and debris on tires.
For more information about the Used Tire Management Program, please call Divert NS toll-free at (877) 313-7732 or email email@example.com.
Over 40,000 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions per year are saved by recycling tires. This equates to removing 6,000+ cars each year from Nova Scotia’s roads.
When you are purchasing new tires, or putting on winter/summer tires, you can simply leave any unwanted or worn-out tires at the tire retailer.
- Car and truck tires
- Motorcycle tires
- Camper tires
- Trailer tires
Got tires that aren't included? Check out your local sorting guide for information on the proper disposal of non-program tires.
- 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).