Get rid of those old tires next Saturday

Get rid of those old tires lying around in your yard, free of charge. All it will take is a quick trip down to Trail.

Get rid of those old tires lying around in your yard, free of charge. All it will take is a quick trip down to Trail.

Tire Stewardship BC is holding a Tire Round-Up at OK Tire on Old Waneta Road in Trail. The stewardship is encouraging locals to retire their old car tires, on and off rim.

While there, enjoy a hamburger and hot dog BBQ and drive through the OK Tire car wash, with proceeds from both going to support the Special Olympics.

One quick triop down the hill could help the environment and your community, as well as free up some space in your yard.

The tire event  runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 at OK Tire, 8137 Old Waneta Road, Trail.

From there, old tires will begin their journey to a new life, by being recycled into products such as playground surfacing, coloured landscaping mulch and athletic tracks.

Most consumers return their scrap tires at the same time they purchase new ones, but some may choose to take their old tires home or switch the tires themselves. If the tires are piling up, ity may be time to get rid of them.

The stewardship offers two free disposal options for these tires:. One is the Tire Round-Up for car tires on and off rim; and the other is the Return to Retailer program, where consumers can drop off up to four car tires (clean and off rim) to participating retailers.

Both of these options help in reducing the burden at landfills.

Schools and municipalities are also encouraged to consider the use of B.C. recycled rubber in their projects, making them eligible for funding under the Tire Stewardship BC Community Grant Program.

In 2011, that program kept more than half a million pounds of tires out of landfills by contributing over $600,000 to communities throughout the province for recycled rubber projects, including water parks, playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas.

Recipients of previous grants include the Glenmerry Community Playground in Trail, which was completed in 2010.

Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society formed to accept responsibility for the provincial scrap-tire recycling program. TSBC submitted its Stewardship Plan to the Ministry on Aug. 17, 2006. Ministry approval was received on Sept. 19, 2006. On Jan. 1, 2007 TSBC launched the new scrap-tire recycling program replacing the government-run program that had been in place since 1991.