- Province-Wide Collection Events Divert Mountain of Tires from
Landfill and Burning -
TORONTO, July 14 /CNW/ - The phrase "burnin' rubber" is 32,000 tires
closer to extinction following a recent weekend recycling blitz
organized by Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) and the Ontario Automotive
Recyclers Association (OARA). The tires, which would be taller than 12
CN Towers if stacked one on top of another, were dropped off by
thousands of Ontarians at 70 OARA member locations around the province.
Before Ontario's Used Tires Program came into effect in September 2009,
scrap tires were routinely burned for fuel in cement kilns, illegally
dumped or added to growing stockpiles around the province.
As part of the recycling blitz, OARA and its members, along with
registered tire hauler Liberty Tire contributed over $64,000 to the
Sunshine Foundation of Canada - an amount driven by the number of tires
turned in by Ontarians over the weekend. The charity makes dreams come
true for children with severe disabilities and life-threatening
"Events like this allow Ontario residents to recycle items that cannot
simply be put in a blue bin," said Evan Miller of Miller's Auto
Recycling in Fort Erie Ontario, the OARA member who recovered the most
tires. "We're delighted to have helped thousands of Ontarians do their
part for the environment, and in doing so, help a great charity."
"The success of this initiative demonstrates that Ontarians are ready
and willing to make responsible choices for the environment, and given
the right opportunities they do," said Andrew Horsman, Executive
Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship. "Ontario's Used Tires Program and
collection events such as these are advancing the effectiveness and
reach of scrap tire recycling and processing, and ultimately creating
green jobs and innovative new products right here in our own province."
Ontario's Used Tires Program tracks and 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 and landfill to
processors that responsibly recycle the materials into other products,
such as carpet underlay. The program also has a mandate to remove
existing scrap tire stockpiles around the province.
Prior to the launch of the Used Tires Program, Ontario residents were
required to pay a fee to collectors to drop off used their tires, often
resulting in stockpiling or illegal dumping. With the launch of the
program, Ontarians can now drop off up to four used tires each for free
at hundreds of registered collectors located around the province,
whereupon they are responsibly recycled by approved processors.
Please visit www.OntarioTS.com for details on 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
The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association ( href="http://www.oara.com/">www.oara.com)
represents 130 professional auto recyclers across Ontario who recover
and recycle end-of-life vehicles for their parts reuse and materials
Ontario Tire Stewardship (www.OntarioTS.ca) is an
Industry Funded Organization implementing and operating the approved
Used Tires Program, a province-wide scrap tire solution for on-road and
off-road tires supplied into the Ontario market, diverting them away
from burning and land fill to reuse and recycling.
Image of mountain of tires collected available upon request.
SOURCE Ontario Tire Stewardship
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