Canadians dispose of 28 million tires every year. What happens to the old ones?
Traditionally, they took up huge amounts of space in landfills. The smoke and run off from accidental tire fires 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 fee was reduced from $4.00 to $3.75.
Tire Stewardship Manitoba is the Producer Responsible Organization (PRO) for tires in Manitoba. It receives 100% of the recycling fee. We receive fifty cents a tire from them.
The money also supports the tire recycling companies in Manitoba as they develop products made from old tires. More information is available at http://www.tirestewardshipmb.ca/.
The equivalent of 1.8 million tires is recycled every year in Manitoba which is 100% of the tires available.
Locally, tires are collected at the Flin Flon landfill for the whole community including Creighton and Denare Beach. There is no tipping fee for tires.
When 800 passenger tires or 300 semi tires have been collected, a semi-trailer is loaded and sent to Reliable Tire in Winnipeg. OTR Recycling comes from Ashern to collect the oversize tires.
A variety of products are made from tires including sidewalk blocks, stepping stones, parking curbs, rubber mulch and mats for a variety of uses including blasting, kennels, gyms, and hockey rinks.
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.
More information is available at www.rtrrubber.ca.