The Central Okanagan Popular Area’s Unwanted Tire Dropping Program returned on Sunday – for the first time in two years.
The event was held at Okanagan College for a one-day event. Back in 2019, people threw away nearly 1,200 old, unwanted tires.
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BC’s RDCO and Tire Stewardship have teamed up to offer a one-time drop-off event for any old tire without a rim.
Through the tire drop program, tires are repurposed into products that serve the community, instead of taking up space in landfills or becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Rosemary Sutton, chief executive officer of Tire Stewardship BC, said the tire will be used for playing fields, running tracks, arena floors and coatings.
The program has been running for 31 years. Last year, the organizers hit an important milestone.
“We’ve collected our 100 millionth tire in 2021, so that’s a pretty long way off,” said Sutton.
Anyone who missed the trip on Sunday is encouraged to visit website for information on where to dispose of old tires.