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
|# of recycled tires to be used
|SD #39 – Bayview Community School
|City of Nanaimo – Maffeo Sutton Playground
|Maffeo Sutton Playground
|City of White Rock
|Emerson Park Playground
|Columbia Shuswap RD – Golden Arena
|Lobby Floor Replacement
|Sustainable Housing – Cowichan Tribes
|Quw’utsun Community Gathering Space & Outdoor Play
|District of Kent
|Schep Park Resurfacing
|SD #39 – Simon Fraser Elementary
|SD #43 – James Park Elementary
|Town of Ladysmith
|Ladysmith Spray Park
|Vancouver Park Board
|SD #52 – Ecole Roosevelt Park Community School
|Playground Accessibility Upgrade
|SD #63 – Deep Cove Elementary
|Town of Sidney
|Wellness Park Resurfacing
“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.