Issue 5 | Spring 2011 | Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation
“SSTC decided to host its 2011 Annual Public Meeting in an online webinar format.” SSTC hosts first Annual Public Meeting Webinar Photo Credit: In an effort to continue to evolve as a Children enjoy the benefits of the SSTC Program corporation and try new and modern
approaches, the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation decided to host its 2011 Annual Public Meeting in an online webinar format. The goal was to increase stakeholder participation by eliminating the need to travel. This was a new and exciting way to present SSTC’s Annual and Financial reports for 2010. Executive Director
Theresa McQuoid led the presentation, going over the corporation’s highlights from the past year, upcoming events and an overall look at Scrap Tire. Susan Buckle, SSTC’s Board Chair spoke on behalf of the board and offered her thoughts on the 2010 year. Linda Thauberger-Smith from Scrap Tire gave a report on the Phase 3 Black Gold Rush pilot program and gave an update on the timelines for the full roll-out of the program. Finally, Rod Seifert, Managing Partner with Meyers Norris Penny presented the SSTC’s 2010 financial report.
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During the online presentation, participants had the opportunity to type in their questions for the presenters and they were then answered right away. Following the webinar, the recorded (continued on page 4)
Inside this Edition: SSTC hosts first Webinar
2011 - 2012 Board of Directors
Black Gold Rush
North Battleford Phase 2
Community Demonstration Grant
Bike Tire Campaign
“This new format truly speaks to the spirit of innovation the corporation seeks to instil in its operations whether that is encouraging an innovative use for recycled rubber or an innovative approach to more effectively recycle scrap tires...”
presentation was posted on SSTC’s website, along with a summary of all the questions that were asked and the 2010 Annual Report. “This new format truly speaks to the spirit of innovation the corporation seeks to instil in its operations - whether that is encouraging an innovative use for recycled rubber or an innovative approach to more effectively recycle scrap tires,” said SSTC Executive Director Theresa McQuoid. To watch the webinar or view the Annual Report, visit: www.scraptire.sk.ca/about-the-sstc/2010annual-report
SSTC 2011-2012 Board of Directors The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation has elected a new Board of Directors. For the 2011-2012 year Don Taylor is the newly appointed Chair of the board. Representing the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, Don is a long time director with the SSTC and brings a strong understanding of the rural community to the board. Lanny McInnes, representing the Retail Council of Canada, was voted to act as Vice Chair for the organization and Joanne Fedyk of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council will act as Treasurer.
We welcome Len Ritchot to the board as the newly appointed representative for the Western Canada Tire Dealer’s. Len will replace Randy Johannsen on the board. Many thanks go out to Randy for his time with the SSTC as vice chair. His strong sense of business and in-depth knowledge of the tire industry were instrumental in helping us move the program to where it is today. A big thank you also goes out to Susan Buckle of the Saskatchewan Auto Dealers Association for her work as SSTC Chair. Holding
the position for two years, Susan’s deep knowledge of the non-profit sector and of the auto industry was instrumental in implementing governance changes to the organization. Susan will continue to represent the auto dealers on the SSTC Board, acting as a Director. Also sitting as Directors on the SSTC board are Pat Zatylny (Canada West Equipment Dealers Association), Kevin Lane (CAA Saskatchewan) and Allan Earle (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association). All of these representatives are appointed by their stakeholder associations and are your voice on the SSTC board and program.
Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation’s Black Gold Rush Pilot Project a Success With more than 2.8 million pounds of scrap tires collected over 12 weeks, the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation’s Phase 3 – Black Gold Rush pilot project proved successful in 2010. The pilot, launched in July 2010, was the first part of what the corporation calls Phase 3 of the stewardship program. This phase is aimed at cleaning up all scrap tire stockpiles on private and farmland in Saskatchewan and is a one-time free service provided by the SSTC. The SSTC plans to launch the full BGR in 2012. Forty-eight municipalities in the southwest region of the province took part in the Black Gold Rush pilot project and helped to make it a huge success. Municipalities oversaw the main objectives of the project, including: establishing a drop off location, choosing drop off dates, and acting as the main point of contact between the community and the SSTC. Service groups (such as 4H clubs) also played a significant role in the Black Gold Rush pilot assisting municipalities with their sites and ratepayers with their tire drop-offs. “We were very pleased with the response from the municipalities and the service groups,” said Scrap Tire Corporation Executive Director Theresa McQuoid. “Their participation and hard work helped make the pilot a success.” (continued on page 4)
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“The Black Gold Rush program will begin in 2012...” The Black Gold Rush by the Numbers: 12 14 48 57,713 2.8 million
Weeks the pilot project ran Service groups that participated Participating municipalities Number of scrap tires collected Pounds of scrap tires removed from private and farm land
Now that the Black Gold Rush pilot project is complete, the SSTC will evaluate the outcome and plan for the full launch of Phase 3 in 2012. “At the request of the Ministry of Environment, province-wide implementation of the Black Gold Rush program will begin in 2012,” said McQuoid. “This will give us time to refine our process based on what we learned during the pilot project. We want to make sure we have it right.” A website solely dedicated to the project can be found at: www.scraptire.sk.ca/black-gold-rush. This site includes information for municipalities, service groups and residents. Applications for interested service groups can be found on this site, as well as registration forms for residents who would like to participate in the clean up. A map is provided to give ratepayers a general idea when the BGR will be in their community. Dates will be added as they become available.
Phase 2 wraps up with clean up of North Battleford landfill The North Battleford landfill was the last landfill to be cleaned, thus completing Phase 2 of the Scrap Tire Corporation’s program. This clean up was done at no cost to the municipality, however in exchange for the free service, each municipality agreed to pass a bylaw banning scrap tires from their landfill. The North Battleford site had four piles with an estimated 200,000 scrap tires to be removed. Once cleaned, more than 6.7 million pounds of scrap tires had been removed.
6.7 million pounds of scrap tires had been removed.
“The completion of the North Battleford landfill clean up is a significant milestone for the Scrap Tire Corporation,” said SSTC Executive Director Theresa McQuoid. “Beyond the significance of the size of the clean up, it marks the end of Phase 2 of our program. We are very proud to have cleaned up so many municipal landfills and look forward to beginning Phase 3 - the clean-up of private stockpiles.” In total more than 300 landfills have been cleaned by the SSTC in the past ten years.
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Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation Continues to give back to Saskatchewan Communities Once again the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation is taking applications for Community Demonstration Grants. The SSTC established the grant program as a way to encourage communities to undertake projects that make use of recycled tire products. “There are many different uses for recycled scrap tires,” says SSTC Executive Director Theresa McQuiod.
“We’ve given out grants for playgrounds incorporating crumb rubber, low maintenance landscaping material, rubber paving and much more.” The program is open to all Saskatchewan municipalities, registered non-profit organizations/community groups, schools, and First Nations and Métis settlements. The program provides matching grants up to $5,000 for a project. In five years, SSTC has provided more than a 130,000 dollars in funding to over 50 communities. Now is your community’s opportunity to take advantage of this great program. The deadline for application is May 30, 2011. To print off the application, please visit: www.scraptire.sk.ca/community-grant-program
“In five years, SSTC has provided more than a 130,000 dollars in funding to over 50 communities under the grant program.”
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SSTC and bike retailers continue the campaign to recycle used bike tires For another year, Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation and bicycle retailers around the province will partner to collect and recycle used bicycle tires. “People may have old bike tires hanging around that they have accumulated over the years,” said Theresa McQuoid, Executive Director of SSTC. “We are inviting them to check the garage, shed, or basement, and if they have old bike tires, bring them in to participating dealers.”
effort to collect more bike tires than ever before, SSTC will run a full year program. “Bicycle tires are not normally part of our program,” said McQuoid.
In previous years the bike tire recycling campaign has only been run for a few months at a time. In an
“However we are interested in keeping all kinds of tires out of our waste stream and the tires recycled responsibly.” While an environmental handling fee (EHF) is charged on new vehicle tires sold in Saskatchewan to pay the cost of recycling, no such fee is attached to bicycle tires. A full list of retailers accepting old bike tires will be posted to the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire website in May 2011. Please visit www.scraptire.sk.ca