Regina, Saskatchewan — Tire fraud! It’s the biggest thing since wire fraud and the ownership of a central Saskatchewan recycling company are big fans of the practice, earning themselves more than $200,000 in fines and unpaid fees.
Silk Tire Inc. of Foam Lake and Kelvington, Sask. was named in a Ministry of Environment press release as having pleaded guilty to selling tires without paying the required tire recycling fees.
As a result, the company has been ordered to pay $217,669 in unremitted tire recycling fees to Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan, the not-for-profit organization responsible for the program, as well as $6,975 in accounting fees associated with the investigation and a $1,400 fine.
The company was sentenced in Yorkton Provincial Court on Aug. 27, 2021.
Tire dealers in Saskatchewan are required to be a part of the province’s Scrap Tire Recycling Program, as well as collect tire recycling fees from consumers to be remitted by the Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan.
Recycled tires in Saskatchewan are broken down into tire shred and tire crumb, both of which are used in roadway construction and help limit the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.