Canadians dispose of 28 million tires every year. Over one million new tires are purchased in Manitoba every year. What happens to the old ones? Traditionally, they took up huge amounts of space in landfills. The smoke and run off from burning tires is very hazardous to people and the environment.
Tires were one of the first products that included a recycling fee when they were purchased to pay for recycling when they were worn out.
This Thursday, July 31 the Tire Stewardship Program will be at Canadian Tire with information about the tire recycling program. They also have tire maintenance tips so help tires last longer before they need to be recycled. More information is available at www.tirestewardhipmb.ca.
Currently, tires are collected at the Flin Flon landfill for the whole community including Creighton and Denare Beach. There is no tipping fee if there are only tires in a load.
When there are more than 800 passenger tires, or 300 semi tires collected a semi-trailer is loaded and sent to Reliable Tire in Winnipeg.
A wide variety of products are made from tires by this company including sidewalk blocks, stepping stones, parking curbs and rubber mulch. They make mats for a variety of uses including blasting, kennels, gyms, and hockey rinks.
A variety of surfaces like asphalt and gravel driveways and decks can be covered with the recycled rubber product. The rubber surface doesn’t crack and discolour even in the harsh winters.
Another product is rubber pavement for streets and roads. It is very quiet, and lasts much longer than traditional pavement. It has been used on section of Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. More info is available at www.rtrrubber.ca.