The Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC), a not-for-profit group dedicated to the collection and recycling of scrap tires in British Columbia, recently confirmed the 13 B.C. organizations that will receive TSBC grants for community developments. In total, 14,928 BC scrap tires will be used for these community projects. Projects include surfacing of playgrounds, walkways, parks and gathering spaces.

TSBC community grant program supports municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools, and First Nations and Métis settlements that are building or upgrading their facilities utilizing recycled tire products. To date, TSBC has awarded over $5.8 million dollars in community grants.

“Tire Stewardship BC is pleased to provide financial support to organizations across the province that have chosen to use recycled tire rubber for their upcoming projects. These grant recipients will use B.C. rubber for the surfacing of various communal areas making them durable, non-toxic, and low maintenance,” said Rosemary Sutton, executive director of Tire Stewardship BC. “Rubber surfacing made from B.C. scrap tires is also non-slip, making it safer for everyone, and it creates a soft landing in playground areas. Additionally, rubber surfacing is cost effective and visually attractive.”

These young hockey stars are fans of the arena’s new rubber flooring.

 

 

 

 

2022 TSBC Grant Recipients

Organization Project Type City # of recycled tires to be used

 

SD #39 – Bayview Community School

 

Intermediate Playground

 

Vancouver

 

764
City of Nanaimo – Maffeo Sutton Playground

 

Maffeo Sutton Playground Nanaimo

 

1709
City of White Rock

 

Emerson Park Playground

 

White Rock

 

975
Columbia Shuswap RD – Golden Arena

 

Lobby Floor Replacement

 

Golden

 

213
Sustainable Housing – Cowichan Tribes

 

Quw’utsun Community Gathering Space & Outdoor Play

 

Duncan

 

565
District of Kent

 

Schep Park Resurfacing

 

Agassiz

 

3273
SD #39 – Simon Fraser Elementary

 

Intermediate Playground

 

Vancouver

 

2704
SD #43 – James Park Elementary

 

Playground

 

Port Coquitlam

 

602
Town of Ladysmith

 

Ladysmith Spray Park

 

Ladysmith

 

154
Vancouver Park Board

 

Aberthau Playground

 

Vancouver

 

578
SD #52 – Ecole Roosevelt Park Community School

 

Playground Accessibility Upgrade

 

Prince Rupert

 

2502
SD #63 – Deep Cove Elementary

 

Naturescape Playground

 

North Saanich

 

289
Town of Sidney

 

Wellness Park Resurfacing

 

Sidney

 

600

 

“TSBC will continue to look for opportunities to partner with businesses that are making environmentally conscientious decisions and understand the importance of utilizing recycled products in the development of their community infrastructure,” said Sutton. “TSBC Community grants go towards a variety of projects including rubber surfacing for playgrounds, water parks, fitness areas, walkways, running tracks, and arena floors.”

B.C.’s scrap tire program has been recycling tires for over 30 years, and it is the oldest recycling program in Canada. Since the scrap tire recycling program was first established in B.C. in 1991, over 100 million tires have been recycled in the province.

Featured image credits: TSBC.

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