Tire Stewardship BC hosting a tire collection event in Grand Forks

April 30th, 2024

Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC), an environmental not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of scrap tires in British Columbia, announced that tire collection events are returning to British Columbia earlier this year, starting April 20, 2024, including Grand Forks.

Residents are invited to drop off old or unused tires, on or off rim, that may be lying around backyards and gardens, free of charge. Locations across the province that will host tire collection events include: The Village of Sayward, Prince George, Grand Forks, Kamloops, D’Arcy, Kelowna, Vernon and McBride.

A full list of events can be found here: https://tsbc.ca/community-events-programs/collection-events/

“When the weather warms and the seasons change, so should your tires,” said Rosemary Sutton, Executive Director, Tire Stewardship BC.

“When the temperature is regularly above seven degrees, it’s time to switch out your winter tires and store them covered in a cool, dry place or drop them off at one of our collection events so that they can be recycled.”

Once tires are collected, they are recycled and turned into new, useful products that circle back into British Columbia’s economy, such as: playground surfaces, athletic tracks, and commercial flooring and roofing. Rubber and steel is also recovered in the tire recycling process.

“With fire season upon us, it is important not to leave old or unused tires lying around at home,” added Sutton.

“They can also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes once rainwater collects inside. We encourage any resident with tires lying around their property to either drop them off at one of our collection events this spring or summer, or to search for a return-to-retailer location on our website and drop them off at any point throughout the year at a location that is convenient for them.”

Since 1991, over 100 million tires have been recycled in B.C., and TSBC’s scrap tire recycling program is one of the most successful in North America and the oldest recycling program in Canada. Every year in B.C. over five million scrap car tires are recycled into new products.

British Columbian residents can also leave their old tires with retailers when purchasing new ones, and if they have tires at home, they don’t need to wait for a collection event, they can search for a return-to-retailer location near them and drop them off for free, all year round. Most places will collect up to 4 car tires, clean and off rim during business hours.

About Tire Stewardship BC

Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society formed to accept responsibility for the provincial scrap tires recycling program. Tire Stewardship BC was founded in 2003 by the Tire & Rubber Association of Canada, The Retail Council of Canada, and the Western Canada Tire Dealers, with the addition of the New Car Dealers Association of BC in 2007, and it continues to be governed by a Board that is made up of representatives from these four organizations. Tire Stewardship BC focuses on collecting scrap vehicle and bike tires and recycling them into new things including playground surfaces, athletic tracks, horse mats, and garden mulch. Since 1991, over 100 million tires have been recycled in B.C.

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