A program for the recycling of bicycle tires and tubes is now rolling in British Columbia. Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC), in conjunction with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) and local cycling coalitions, has introduced a "first-of-its-kind" Bike Tire Recycling Program across the Province of BC.
Beginning June 1, British Columbians may return their used bike tires and tubes to participating bicycle retailers, thus diverting more recyclable rubber products out of landfills. The launch coincides with BC's Bike to Work Week in BC, May 30 to June 5, and will compliment TSBC's existing scrap auto tire collection program, which has recycled over 50 million vehicle tires since 1991.
"The new tire initiative is being introduced in response to the strong interest expressed by BC's biking community. Unlike TSBC's Scrap Tire Program, the new bike tire program is completely voluntary for bike retailers," says Mike Hennessy, Executive Director, Tire Stewardship BC. "Additionally, for bike tires and tubes there's no eco fee charged to customers or disposal fees for shop owners. Without these expenses, recycling offers a free and environmentally friendly alternative to disposing of bike tires at the landfill."
The fact that there is no Advance Disposal Fee (ADF) as there is with the auto tire program makes the voluntary initiative particularly interesting.