The government of Saskatchewan is using an environmentally friendly technology to help divert an estimated 130,000 tires from landfills, by using recycled rubber in several highway construction projects across the province.
Crumb rubber asphalt pavement, produced in part from scrap tires, is being used instead of conventional pavement for resurfacing projects on three Saskatchewan highways: Highway 1 near Maple Creek, Highway 2 near Meacham and Highway 10 near Fort Qu’Appelle. This work will recycle an estimated 1,300 tires per lane per kilometre. Smaller resurfacing projects using similar technology in the Saskatoon area are estimated to recycle about 500 tires per lane per kilometre. The highway construction projects are worth a combined total of more than $11 million.
Scrap tires are collected, processed and recycled through a non-profit, non-government program run by the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation.
“The biggest success of the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation has been the diversion of more than 10 million tires from landfills across this province, but there is a secondary benefit when we see the tires recycled into worthwhile projects like this,” Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation executive director Theresa McQuoid said. “There are literally hundreds of uses for recycled tires and we are pleased to see more and more innovative uses like rubber asphalt emerging.”