The water park at Polson Park is just one of the grant projects in Vernon that used recycled tires during its resurfacing construction this summer.

The water park at Polson Park is just one of the grant projects in Vernon that used recycled tires during its resurfacing construction this summer.

Old tires rolled out for community good

Tire Round-up at Kal Tire Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Have any old unused tires sitting around the yard or in the garage?

This week Kal Tire is presenting a great opportunity to dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way.

Tire Stewardship BC is teaming up with the Anderson Way Kal Tire to host a Tire Round-up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The round-up gives people a chance to bring old unwanted tires – either on rim or off – to Kal Tire for recycling.

“It’s important to avoid the waste. If they don’t get recycled it ends up in the environment,” said Mike Hennessy, TSBC executive director.

According to Hennessy, tires have a major impact on the environment if they’re disposed of improperly.

“They’re an ideal breeding ground for bugs and rodents,” said Hennessy

“They’re also a major fire hazard and that was a big driver towards getting these programs started up,” he said.

Following the round-up, the recycled tires will be ground up and used for new projects such as playground surfacing, athletic tracks and flooring in B.C. communities.

Such round-ups have proven to be successful, sometimes getting upwards of 15,000 tires, which go a long way in keeping them out of the environment.

The recycled tires are used for community projects throughout B.C.

The projects are made possible by TSBC’s Community Grant program which provides funding to recipients to use the recycled rubber in our communities.

In 2011, TSBC’s grant program kept more than a half a million pounds of tires out of the landfills and contributed over $600,000 to communities throughout the province for recycled rubber projects.

Vernon is just one of the communities that  benefitted from those grants, receiving grants on three separate projects, including resurfacing of the water park in Polson Park.

In addition to the round-up, there will also be a barbecue with proceeds going towards The Salvation Army Food Bank, making it a great way to support two great causes in just one stop.

For more information on TSBC visit www.tirestewardshipbc.ca.