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Used tire program recycles 25 millionth tire in Ontario

TORONTO, Ont. -- Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) has recycled its 25 millionth scrap tire in the province since the start of its Used Tires Program in 2009. To date, more than 125,000 tonnes of tires have been recycled in Ontario and made into a...


Ontario's Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson (right) celebrates the recycling of 25 million tires in Ontario alongside Andrew Horsman, executive director of Ontario Tire Stewardship.
Ontario's Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson (right) celebrates the recycling of 25 million tires in Ontario alongside Andrew Horsman, executive director of Ontario Tire Stewardship.

TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) has recycled its 25 millionth scrap tire in the province since the start of its Used Tires Program in 2009. To date, more than 125,000 tonnes of tires have been recycled in Ontario and made into a range of innovative tire derived products.

“OTS has made it a priority to invest in a more sustainable Ontario, and we’ve had great success in reducing tire waste across the province,” said executive director Andrew Horsman. “We have reached the 25 millionth tire far ahead of schedule. This milestone is a great coup for our dedicated staff, stakeholders and communities across Ontario, and it is a great indicator of our future success.”
 
Officials say the program has not only significantly reduced tire waste in Ontario, but has also fostered positive change in the province’s tire recycling industry, generating $23 million for the industry in the first year alone.
 
“I want to congratulate Ontario Tire Stewardship on this significant milestone. I commend them for the environmental progress they have achieved through this successful program,” said Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson. “Diverting tires from landfills not only helps the environment it also creates new jobs for Ontarians.”

To learn more about the used tires program and what it means for the trucking industry in the province, watch our TMTV video here.


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