Recycle your Old Tires and Help the Environment (Contest)

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Tire Stewardship BC

With winter just around the corner, drivers return to form and start making their annual plans for snow tires. However, what happens to those tires that have served you well in the past? Maybe you still have a few Michelin or Goodyear rubber donuts hidden deep within the confines of your garage. This season, Tire Stewardship BC reminds you to recycle your old tires, and help the environment in the process. 

What is TSBC? – New Value from Old Tires

Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) is a not-for-profit society formed to manage B.C.’s tire recycling program. Through their year-round Return to Retailer Program, consumers can drop off up to four passenger light truck tires, clean and off rim at participating retailers during business hours.

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On average between 80 to 90 per cent of those collected-scrap tires are then recycled into products. Most are recycled into crumb rubber, which are granules of rubber with the steel and fibre removed. Recycled rubber is then used to create a variety of products including athletic tracks, synthetic turf fields, playground surfacing; colourful, resilient flooring in recreational facilities; flooring and mats for agricultural and industrial use; and coloured landscaping mulch. The remaining scrap tires collected are used as a fuel supplement in the cement and pulp and paper industries.

Eco Fee – Building B.C. Communities

This program is funded by collecting an Advance Disposal Fee (ADF), commonly referred to as an Eco Fee, on the sale of every new tire. The fees are used to pay for transporting and recycling BC generated scrap tires, and ensuring that the tires are disposed of in environmentally responsible ways, instead of ending up in our landfills.

There is a similar program in place for Bike Tire Recycling and further information can be found here.

Communities across B.C. invest considerable resources to support recycling as a way to protect our environment and enhance the quality of life of it’s citizens. The TSBC Community Grant Program provides financial support to communities who have decided to use and benefit from a wide range of recycled tire products in their projects. Though the 2013 grant program is now closed, it is expected that the 2014 grant program will open on Jan 1 2014, and will run until the end of available grant funds. Application will be reviewed and processed, and grants awarded on a first come, first served basis.

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