Made-in-BC solutions for those old tires

From playgrounds to fitness parks, recycled rubber gets a new life in your community

School District 5 playground in Fernie. Recycled tires have been reimagined into feature elements of more than 300 community spaces here in the Kootenays and throughout BC, thanks in part to grants from TSBC.

Where did your wheels take you this summer? For many British Columbians, this summer of road trips was the chance to exchange plane travel for tire travel and take in those dream destinations closer to home.

Whether you prepared for your journey with a fresh set of rubber or you’re finishing the season before switching out for fall, new life awaits for your old tires.

Recycling your old tires isn’t only easy and the environmentally friendly option, it actually benefits your community.

Here’s how:

Tires collected through the Tire Stewardship BC have the steel and fibre removed before being turned into crumb rubber. The rubber is then transformed into valuable products for your community, such as playground surfacing, running tracks and colourful, resilient flooring in recreational facilities.

With more than $5.1 million in grants awarded since 2009, projects in the Kootenays have ranged from school playgrounds in Fernie, Rossland, Trail and Nelson to the Creston Equine Therapeutic Riding Area and Outdoor Fitness Park in Castlegar. And summer fun is definitely cooler with recycled rubber underfoot at Cranbrook’s Kinsmen Spray Park and Creston’s Splash Park.

You’ll also find those old summer tires given a new life as flooring and mats for agricultural and industrial use, and as coloured landscaping mulch.

In fact, since 1991 BC has collected almost 100 million tires, tires that are processed right here in BC, with much of the crumb produced by the recycler in Delta used used by an Abbotsford recycled rubber mat manufacturer: a real made-in-BC solution.

Many of those tires have been reimagined into feature elements of more than 300 community spaces here in the Kootenays and throughout the province – projects created using recycled rubber supported by a TSBC grant.

Stewardship is super-simple

When it’s time for new tires, simply leave the old ones with your retailer to be recycled. If you’ve already made the switch and have old tires around the garage, find your closest Return to Retailer drop-off location at www.rcbc.ca.

And if the summer’s mountain bike adventures have left you with a bike tire or two, TSBC is happy to welcome those tires as well!

Additional partnerships connect TSBC with other BC stewardship programs, including those working with Indigenous communities, and other tire recycling programs across Canada, with the goal of sharing information and expertise.

Learn more at tsbc.ca

***

The not-for-profit Tire Stewardship BC manages BC’s tire recycling program, collecting an Advance Disposal Fee, or eco fee, on the sale of every new tire. The fees pay for transporting and recycling of BC-generated scrap tires ensuring that the tires are disposed of in environmentally responsible ways instead of ending up in landfills.

AutomotiveRecyclingTires

 

Glenmerry Elementary in Trail. Since 1991 BC has collected almost 100 million tires that have been turned into crumb to make mats for playgrounds, arenas and other projects.

Rotary Park in Cranbrook. Rubber from recycled tires is transformed into valuable products for your community, such as playground surfacing, running tracks and colourful, resilient flooring in recreational facilities.

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Conservation Officers seek public assistance

A mule deer buck was poached within Elkford town limits

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Interior Health

The total number of Interior Health cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 522

Editorial – Voters think little of political opportunism

John Horgan is playing a very cynical game with his own government’s health message

Annual Elk Valley Pride Festival paints the town rainbow

Festivities began with a spirited Pride Bike Parade and flag raising ceremony

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read