Abbotsford school receives new playground and track surface made from recycled tires
TSBC community grant program recipient, Abbotsford Christian School, has just completed updates to the playground and short track made from the rubber of 1,647 recycled scrap tires. The grant was allocated in 2021 and was valued at $30,000 which went towards the new rubberized surfacing.
“The students from both the middle and secondary school will benefit from this new playground and track that was made from BC scrap tires. The playground is wheelchair-friendly, and accessible for all children throughout the Abbotsford community,” said Rosemary Sutton, Executive Director, Tire Stewardship BC. “Surfaces made from recycled rubber are visually attractive, very low maintenance, and extremely durable.”
Since 2009, TSBC has given out over $5.8 million in community grants to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools, and First Nations and Métis settlements. Grants go towards a variety of projects including rubber surfacing for water parks, fitness areas, and running tracks.
“Abbotsford Christian School has been a great community partner to work with as they are committed to educating their students on sustainability and the circular economy,” said Sutton. “They have led by example by producing an environmentally friendly playground and track surface made from recycled scrap tires.”
TSBC’s scrap tire recycling program in BC is one of the most successful in North America and the oldest recycling program in Canada. Since the BC program was first established in 1991, over 100 million tires have been recycled, and every year the equivalent of over 5 million scrap vehicle tires are recycled into new products.
For more information on Abbotsford Christian School visit abbotsfordchristian.com
To find a tire recycling location near you, please visit tsbc.ca