Old tires are transforming communities and fulfilling the dreams of The Sunshine Foundation’s children with severe disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.
From May 27 to June 1, 2013 Ontarians engaged in some friendly community competition to drop off their old tires at one of 60 participating collector locations across the province. It was part of the six-day Tire Take Back blitz hosted by Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) and the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA), which raised more than $175,000.
OARA contributed $50,000 to the donation to match the collection allowance that OARA members donated for each tire dropped off. The final donation to The Sunshine Foundation was further enhanced by donations from OTS and registered tire haulers.
“Every year, Ontarians are raising the bar for tire recycling and the Tire Take Back program, and we couldn't achieve this kind of positive year-over-year program success without the support of Ontarians,” said Andrew Horsman, executive director of OTS.
The results are in and here are the highlights:
· Ontarians collected 58,371 used tires
· Final donation to The Sunshine Foundation totaled more than $175,000
· Almost doubled this year’s donation and collection goals
· Sonshine Auto Parts in Cumberland, Ont., won the OTS Community Prize ($15,000 worth of sustainable recycled tire products to be donated to a local revitalization project) for collecting the most number of tires (12,000+ tires)
“There's a strong sense of community across the province,” Horsman said. “This year's tremendous collection results from the Tire Take Back events reflect Ontarians' growing desire to create greener, more livable communities with innovative recycled tire products, which are increasingly being used in our homes, local recreational facilities, parks and playgrounds.”