Alberta’s tire recycling program has reached a significant milestone. One hundred million tires have been recycled since the program’s inception in 1992.
“This achievement shows Albertans’ commitment to protecting the environment is stronger than ever,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks. “It means that in every community there is a determination to do the right thing. Through Alberta’s tire recycling program, valuable material is diverted from landfills and recycled, creating jobs and new products that come back full-circle into our communities.”
Alberta has one of the first tire recycling programs in Canada. It is very successful, with approximately six million tires recycled annually.
“Albertans, municipalities, tire and vehicle retailers and the province’s recycling industry should be proud of this achievement and their contribution to eliminating tires from landfills and stockpiles. They have all played a key role in having those 100 million tires recycled into products such as sidewalk blocks, roofing tiles and playground surfaces,” said Bob Barss, Chairman of Alberta Recycling.
There are 350 collection sites across the province set up by urban and rural municipalities and First Nations and Metis Settlements that accept tires for recycling. Since 2000, Alberta Recycling’s municipal grant programs have provided over $12 million to communities.
The recycling of 100 million tires was celebrated in Lethbridge at the grand opening of the new playground at Gilbert Paterson Middle School which was attended by Minister Phillips, MLA for Lethbridge-West, and Lethbridge-East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick, as well as other local dignitaries.
Rubber crumb made from scrap tires was used for the playground surface, a decision that Rebecca Ash, President of the Gilbert Paterson Tiger Society, said was easy to make. “Our society is so happy with the playground design and the use of rubber crumb. We now have a fully accessible and safe place for not only our middle school students, but the entire community to enjoy.”
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An Interview with Alberta Recycling's Chair Bob Bars on the 100 Million Milestone.
For more information on Alberta's Tire Recycling Program