B.C. wears a rubber crown

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DELTA, B.C. — Canada’s western-most province leads the way in North America at recycling tires, it’s a program resulting in the reincarnation of 30 million tires in 10 years.

That’s enough tires to stretch halfway around the world, when placed end on end. The Financial Incentives for Recycling Scrap Tires (FIRST) Program was initiated to keep used tires from filling up landfill sites. Companies re-use the rubber for products such as running tracks, sports fields, playground safety tiles and free weights.

Under the program, there is a $3 provincial levy on each new tire sold in the province. More than 90 per cent are recycled when it comes time to replace them, putting B.C. ahead of all other states and provinces in the continent.

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