Tire recycling blitz this Saturday

The province is making it easier to get rid of your old tires.

This Saturday, the Fort St. John and Bessborough landfills are accepting all passenger and light truck tires that are off the rim.

Executive Director Sally Emory says the Northern Environmental Action Team is supporting this project, to encourage recycling in the community. [asset|aid=1887|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8900c95b2b9bf30b05586ced6b293f53-Emory 2_2_Pub.mp3]

Only a few local companies participate in the Return to Retail tire collection program. Emory says this is reflected in the number of tires recycled in the area, which is lower than other parts of B.C.

So, Tire Stewardship B.C. and the Peace River Regional District have come together to offer this one-day blitz.

Emory says when tires are bought in the first place, a eco-fee is paid by the consumer. This eco-fee covers the handling, transportation, and recycling of the old tire.  Emory says since the fee is already paid, it makes sense to recycle. [asset|aid=1888|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8900c95b2b9bf30b05586ced6b293f53-Emory 1_2_Pub.mp3]

She says this is a good excuse to clean the garage or backyard, and help the environment at the same time.

Both landfills will accept any amount of tires -free of charge – on Saturday, September 26th, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.