Reaching the 50 millionth tire was a milestone that was commemorated with the laying of specially engraved rubber tile — made from scrap tires recycled in Alberta — at the racetrack at Northlands Park in Edmonton.
Alberta tire recycling program began in 1992. Today, it is home to an industry dedicated to the recycling of scrap tires into products such as roofing tiles, rubber asphalt and a variety of flooring, playground and recreational surfaces. Not only does the industry make good use of the five million tires Albertans discard each year, demand for recycled products has created an export market for these manufacturers. As well, pilot projects currently underway in the province are collecting and processing bicycle tires and off-road tires, large tires used on agricultural and heavy-duty industrial equipment.
Alberta Recycling is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s electronics, tire and paint recycling programs. It works with industry and reports to the minister of environment.