Alberta's tireless commitment rolls past 50 million

    EDMONTON, July 2 /CNW/ - Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta
Recycling) is celebrating the recycling of Alberta's 50 millionth scrap tire.
This milestone was commemorated today with the laying of a specially engraved
rubber tile at the racetrack at Northlands Park in Edmonton.
    This tile, made from Alberta's recycled scrap tires, was set in place by
the Honourable Rob Renner, Minister of Alberta Environment. Alberta Recycling
celebrated this important environmental milestone with many industry and
community guests. "Congratulations to Alberta Recycling for reaching the
50-million mark for recycled tires, and to Northlands Park for making a good
environmental choice to use recycled rubber in their project," stated Renner.
"Strong leadership from Alberta's waste stewardship programs will help us
reach our goals in Too Good to Waste - the province's strategy to reduce waste
and make conservation a priority."
    Since Alberta's tire recycling program began in 1992, it has succeeded in
eliminating the hazardous stockpiles of tires that once littered the province
and overloaded its landfills. This successful program has significantly
reduced the negative impact on the environment and increased public safety.
    Today, Alberta is home to an industry dedicated to the recycling of scrap
tires into products such as roofing tiles, rubber asphalt and a variety of
flooring, playground and recreational surfaces. Not only does the industry
make good use of the five million tires Albertans discard each year, demand
for recycled products has created an export market for these manufacturers. As
well, pilot projects currently underway in the province are collecting and
processing bicycle tires and off-road tires - large tires used on agricultural
and heavy-duty industrial equipment. These innovative new processes promise to
keep Alberta's tireless efforts on track.
    "Albertans can take pride that we have passed the milestone of 50 million
tires recycled together," stated Alberta Recycling Chairman, Sid Hinton. "Not
only is Alberta Recycling's program good for the environment, but good for
Alberta communities too, putting over $4 million back into these communities
for local improvements. The program has incorporated recycled tire products
into 254 projects across the province supporting important community
enhancement projects such as playgrounds, parks and recreational facilities."

    Alberta Recycling is a not-for-profit association responsible for
managing Alberta's electronics, tire and paint recycling programs. Working
with industry and reporting to the Minister of Environment, Alberta Recycling
is working to provide innovative and successful recycling programs for the
benefits of all Albertans and our environment.

For further information:

For further information: Jim Sellers, Manager Communications, Alberta
Recycling, P(780) 442-3203,; Chris Bourdeau,
Communications, Alberta Environment, P(780) 427-6267

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