Tires Recycled Across Ontario Help The Sunshine Foundation Fulfill
Dreams for Children Across the Province
TORONTO, July 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Scrap tires are transforming communities
across the province and fulfilling the dreams of children within The Sunshine Foundation of Canada's network. Between May 27 and June 1, 2013, Ontarians dropped off 58,371
used tires at 60 locations across the province. These collection events
raised more than $175,000 for The Sunshine Foundation at the fourth
annual Tire Take Back events - organized by Ontario Tire Stewardship OTS and the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) - almost doubling this year's goal to raise $100,000 for the national
The six-day community recycling events helped divert tires from
landfills, while raising money to help children with severe physical
disabilities or life-threatening illnesses fulfill their dreams. OARA
contributed $50,000 to the donation to match the collection allowance
that OARA members donated for each tire dropped off. The final donation
to The Sunshine Foundation was further enhanced by donations from OTS
and registered tire haulers.
"Every year, Ontarians are raising the bar for tire recycling and the
Tire Take Back program, and we couldn't achieve this kind of positive
year-over-year program success without the support of Ontarians," said
Andrew Horsman, Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship. "There's
a strong sense of community across the province. This year's tremendous
collection results from the Tire Take Back events reflect Ontarians'
growing desire to create greener, more livable communities with
innovative recycled tire products, which are increasingly being used in
our homes, local recreational facilities, parks and playgrounds."
This year, OARA member, Sonshine Auto Parts in Cumberland, Ontario collected more than 12,000 used tires - the
highest collection number out of all participating OARA member
locations. As a result, Sonshine Auto Parts will be awarded with up to
$15,000 worth of eco-friendly recycled tire products to be used toward
the revitalization of a community facility or public space, which is to
be determined later this summer.
An official cheque presentation ceremony for The Sunshine Foundation of
Canada will take place today at 10 a.m. ET at Sonshine Auto Parts in
Cumberland. Photos from the collection events and cheque ceremony are
available upon request.
"We want to recognize and thank each of our 60 participating OARA
members for their commitment to recycling tires for the Tire Take Back
community initiative, in addition to the end-of-life vehicles they
recycle each year," said Steve Fletcher, Executive Director of OARA.
"There was some friendly competition among our members and communities,
not only to raise funds to fulfill dreams for Sunshine Foundation
children, but to win the chance to sustainably enhance a local space.
Leading the province-wide community challenge with more than 12,000
tires collected, we're pleased to announce that Sonshine Auto Parts and
the Cumberland community will be receiving the Community Challenge
prize of innovative recycled tire products to create a greener space in
OTS manages how the approximately 12 million tires sold in Ontario every
year are handled once they reach the end of their service life,
diverting them from burning facilities and landfills. With the support
of Ontarians, OTS reached a new milestone earlier this year with the
diversion of its 50 millionth tire since its inception in 2009.
Through the Used Tires Program, Ontarians can drop off up to four used
tires each for free at thousands of registered collection locations
around the province, and the tires collected will be reused or recycled
into new, environmentally friendly and durable consumer products such
as rubber mulch, landscape tiles, recreational flooring and roof
shingles. Visit www.RethinkTires.ca for details on innovative home and garden product information, and to
find registered collectors across the province.
About The Sunshine Foundation
The Sunshine Foundation of Canada makes dreams come true for children
living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.
For more information, visit www.sunshine.ca.
The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association represents 130 professional
auto recyclers across Ontario who recover and recycle end-of-life
vehicles for their parts reuse and materials recycling. For more
information, visit www.oara.com.
Established in 2009, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry
Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion
Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program. At OTS, we are
transforming the relationship Ontarians have with the lifecycle of
their tires, through a comprehensive approach that takes into account
our environment, our economy and our quality of life. Through the Used
Tires program, 100 per cent of Ontario tires get efficiently and
responsibly recycled into new products, leading to more livable
communities and a growing green economy in this province. To date, OTS
has helped responsibly recycle more than 50 million tires in Ontario.
For more information, visit www.RethinkTires.ca.
For more information, please visit www.RethinkTires.ca and follow us on Twitter: @RethinkTires
Image with caption: "From left: Denis Desjardins, Sonshine Auto Parts; Andrew Horsman, Ontario Tire Stewardship; Kristen Lesko; The Sunshine Foundation of Canada and Steve Fletcher, Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association celebrate at Sonshine Auto Parts in Cumberland, Ont. The 2013 Tire Take Back event raised $175,080 for The Sunshine Foundation. Photo credit: Matthew Usherwood. (CNW Group/Ontario Tire Stewardship)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130725_C9281_PHOTO_EN_29291.jpg
SOURCE: Ontario Tire Stewardship
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