Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reward: Ontario Tire Stewardship Gives Back

Old tires bring new benefits through unique community grant program

TORONTO, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) unveiled a first-of-its-kind grant program that will award eligible Ontario-based communities and organizations up to $50,000 towards the purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber products such as rubber mulch, roof shingles and sidewalk tiles - which helps the environment while supporting Ontario's economy.

"In less than two years, close to 25 million tires have been recycled through our work with partners and individual supporters across the province," explained Andrew Horsman, Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship. "The Community Grant Program is a natural next step to build on this success by encouraging applicable Ontario communities and organizations to think green when planning their projects, build green, by using recycled rubber products and grow green by using products made by Ontario recyclers and manufacturers."

The grant is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools/colleges/universities, and First Nations communities throughout Ontario. To qualify, projects must utilize products made from Ontario recycled rubber and be completed within 12 months of approval.

Eligible projects will fall under two categories:

  1. Granular products such as mulch for landscaping or playgrounds; and,
  2. Manufactured products such as patio tiles, sidewalks, athletic surfacing, roof shingles, underlayment, subflooring and others.

"Ontario communities invest considerable resources to support recycling as a way to protect the environment," continues Horsman. "This program supports projects that will touch the lives of residents while profiling the benefits, value and utility of recycled products made right here, in Ontario."

To educate Ontarians and share information about recycled products, OTS will promote winning projects through activities such as on-site signage, website postings, printed materials and trade shows.

Information about the Community Grant Program, including the application process, may be accessed at www.ontariots.ca (www.GreenMyTires.ca) or by e-mailing info@OntarioTS.ca

About Ontario Tire Stewardship
Established in 2002, 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.

The program recycles and reuses the 12 million tires sold annually in the province, preventing them from ending up in landfills or being dumped illegally. Instead, OTS directs these scrap tires to recyclers who use them to make new green products for your home, office, local school and park.

Beyond recycling, OTS also educates and encourages Ontarians on the use of tire derived products - items made from used tires that actually last longer and work better than similar products in market, and educates Ontario drivers on how to get the most life and performance from their tires.

For more information, please visit www.GreenMyTires.ca

SOURCE Ontario Tire Stewardship

For further information:

Vanessa Ciccone         Olivia Yu
416-969-2717         416-969-2718
vciccone@environicspr.com         oyu@environicspr.com

 


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