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NEWS RELEASE · 18th October 2011
Tire Stewardship BC
The deadline is quickly approaching for organizations wishing to take advantage of the Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) Community Grant Program, which provides financial support to communities that use and benefit from a wide range of BC recycled tire products in their projects. For the first time, matched funding of up to $30,000 is being offered as part of the Community Grant Program.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 4, 2011

TSBC’s Community Grant Program provides matching funds to BC not-for-profit organizations, schools and municipalities for projects using BC recycled rubber. TSBC has provided more than $400,000 in grants for communities throughout the province since 2008.

Applications of recycled BC rubber include:

Playgrounds - Completely wheelchair accessible and provide safety by cushioning falls, allowing people of all ages and abilities to participate fully and experience the joy of physical activity and play.

Sidewalks and Trails - Provides cushioning support that can reduce the risk of injury if a fall occurs, is friendly to plant root systems and is water permeable. Also easily maintained and installed.

Outdoor Fitness Parks - Rubber pavement cushions fitness station areas and provides residents with easy access.

Water Parks - Water permeability and soft cushioning make BC recycled rubber an excellent choice for spray parks and pools.

Athletic tracks - Running tracks made from recycled rubber offer significant advantages over other track surfaces including reduced stress on a runner’s legs.

Synthetic Turf Fields – sports fields that use particles of crumb rubber as infill material, increase the resiliency of the field. These fields are also cost efficient, low maintenance and can be used in all weather conditions. The Synthetic Turf Council estimates that the total amount of synthetic turf installed in North America conserves more than three billion gallons of water each year.

Communities and organizations that have benefitted from the Community Grant Program include:

• The City of Surrey
• The Township of Langley
• Village of Granisle
• St. Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby
• Village of Burns Lake
• Kinsmen Club of Cranbrook
• City of Williams Lake
• South Peace Success by Six, Dawson Creek
• Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce, Christina Lake
• Corporation of the District of Oak Bay
• School District 5, Fernie/Elkford/Sparwood
• Sicamous and District Seniors’ Centre
• City of Salmon Arm
• Rotary Club of Tsawwassen, Delta
• Regional District of North Okanagan

To learn more about the application process go to www.tirestewardshipbc.ca and visit the News Corner section. By keeping tires out of our local landfills, recycled tires are finding their way back into communities in British Columbia in many innovative and useful ways.

About Tire Stewardship BC:
Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) is a not-for-profit society formed to accept responsibility for the provincial scrap-tire recycling program. On January 1, 2007 TSBC launched the new scrap-tire recycling program replacing the government-run program that had been in place since 1991. Visit www.tirestewardshipbc.ca for more information.