<strong>Tire fee increase in Nova Scotia a broken promise says MLA</strong>

Greg Bennett gbennett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on August 22, 2014
Fees for the provincial tire recycling program are being increased.

A Nova Scotia MLA says news that the tire recycling fee will increase by 50% marks a broken promise by the Liberal government.

Queens-Shelburne MLA Sterling Belliveau says that during the election the Liberals promised they would not raise users fees.

Despite that starting Sept. 1, the price of a standard set of car tires will increase by $6. A set of four 17 inch truck tires will increase by $18.

Belliveau says a little over a year ago the Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) requested an increase, but the previous government said no.

“When I was Minister of Environment I turned down a similar request from the RRFB,” said Belliveau. “I just didn’t think it would be fair to families to raise the price of snow tires.”

According to provincial solid waste regulations, the Resource Recovery Fund Board must make a request to the Minister of Environment to alter or modify an approved program. It also says that all new surcharges established by the Minister must be approved by Cabinet

In April of 2014 the government announced it was also considering increasing the bottle deposit. Belliveau hopes the Liberals don’t proceed with the increase.

 “I’m hopeful the Minister of Environment will not break this government commitment. That being said, I’m skeptical given that Minister Delorey just approved an increase to the tire recycling fee.”