TSBC rewards use of BC recycled tires in community projects
January 11, 2012
Vancouver, B.C. – Over half a million pounds of tires have been kept out of BC landfills thanks
to Tire Stewardship BC’s (TSBC) second round of Community Grants in 2011. For the fall
edition of the Community Grant Program, 29 BC communities and not-for-profit organizations
received a total $556,318 to be put towards using BC recycled crumb rubber in their various
“This amounts to nearly 38,000 tires that were kept out of landfills and instead were recycled for
use in playgrounds, water parks and indoor and outdoor athletic facilities,” says TSBC Executive
Director Mike Hennessy. “In total, TSBC’s Community Grant Program recycled more than
680,000 pounds of rubber tires in 2011, benefiting the environment and helping to build BC’s
For the fall edition of the Community Grant Program, TSBC raised its matched fund contribution
to $30,000 for the first time.
Funding for the Community Grant Program comes directly from the Advance Disposal Fee or
“eco-fee” that each retailer remits to TSBC for every new tire sold. These fees go directly
towards the operation of the BC-based scrap tire recycling program, including the transportation
and recycling of scrap tires to ensure they are disposed of in environmentally responsible ways,
such as recycling into rubber products.
Since the scrap tire recycling program was launched in 1991, more than 50 million vehicle tires
have been recycled in the province.
Applications of recycled BC rubber include:
• Playgrounds - Completely wheelchair accessible and provide safety by cushioning falls,
allowing people of all ages and abilities to participate fully and experience the joy of
physical activity and play.
• Sidewalks and Trails - Provides cushioning support that is more comfortable for
walking and jogging, is friendly to plant root systems and is water permeable. It is also
easily maintained and installed.
• Outdoor Fitness Parks - Rubber pavement cushions fitness station areas and provides
residents with easy access.
• Water Parks - Water permeability and a soft surface make BC recycled rubber an
excellent choice for spray parks and pools.
• Athletic tracks - Running tracks made from recycled rubber offer significant advantages
over other track surfaces, including reduced stress on a runner’s legs.
Synthetic Turf Fields – Sports fields that use particles of crumb rubber as infill material
increase the resiliency of the field. These fields are also cost efficient, low maintenance
and can be used in all weather conditions. The Synthetic Turf Council estimates that the
total amount of synthetic turf installed in North America conserves more than three billion
gallons of water each year.
Communities and organizations that received grants as part of the 2011 Fall Community Grant
YMCA-YWCA of the Central Okanagan (Kelowna); School District 28 (Quesnel); City of
Nanaimo; The Village of Cache Creek; District of Tumbler Ridge; City of Fort St John; School
District 20 (Rossland); City of Port Alberni (2 projects); Regional District of North Okanagan
(Vernon; 3 projects); District of Sechelt; District of Courtenay; City of Salmon Arm; Bench
Elementary (Cowichan Bay); City of Terrace; Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society;
Vancouver Parks Board; District of North Vancouver Parks; Rotary Club of Campbell River;
Chesterfield Sports Society; Ladner Lawn Bowling Club; District of Mackenzie; City of
Greenwood, Village of Granisle; Family YMCA of Prince George; City of Coquitlam; Haida Gwaii
Fitness Association; City of Langford; City of Kelowna; Town of Creston.
Visit www.tirestewardshipbc.ca for more information.
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Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) is a not-for-profit society formed to accept responsibility for the provincial
scrap-tire recycling program. TSBC submitted its Stewardship Plan to the Ministry on August 17, 2006.
Ministry approval was received on September 19, 2006. On January 1, 2007 TSBC launched the new
scrap-tire recycling program replacing the government-run program that had been in place since 1991.