5.34 million CAD spent to clean up 227 rural municipalities from scrap tires in Saskatchewan. Photo: CBC News

An initiative that was launched to remove scrap tires on farmlands and private areas in Saskatchewan has now stopped its operation after a decision by the Ministry of Environment. This step has saddened numerous provincial residents.

A councilor for the rural municipality of Parkdale, Leslie Clark, said that the problem has become “an eyesore”. The Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation proposed its project, the Black Gold Rush, which provided landowners with the chance to recycle tires free of charge.

In June, the project came to a halt, but prior to the decision, 227 rural municipalities in Saskatchewan experienced the advantages of the program. Now, 69 rural municipalities located in the vicinity of Regina and in the northwestern part, are left and wait their turns.

Clark said that the project isn’t functioning in his municipality, but it was taking place across the province. According to Clark, not everyone could haul a couple dozens of tires, even when most tire traders provide tire recycling for insignificant price.

Her estimates show that more than 250 agrarians have to deal with as much as 50 tires on their lands in the RM of Parkdale only. The improper disposal of tires cause safety concerns, as scrap tires can serve as a breeding place for dangerous mosquitos, which can transmit the West Nile Virus and other diseases. According to Clark, the tires can also lead to cases of fire.

One of Turtle Lake residents shared this view and expressed his concerns that if the tires start burning, the community living in a Boreal Forest will face the main danger that exists now – a forest flare.

White areas depict 69 rural municipalities which are still waiting for pickup and recycling of scrap tires. Image: CBC News

This week, this problem was addressed by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities in the course of its mid-term convention. The association decided to encourage authorities to resume tire recycling program with a not-for-profit group, the Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan. The organization was created after the Black Gold Rush project stopped operation.

According to the authorities, people possessing scrap tires are given a number of alternatives. The Return to Retailer Program is offered by the Tire Stewardship, which allows Saskatchewan inhabitants to hand in no more than 10 tires per day to tire retailers operating in the province. In addition, a project, which will manage scrap tire stockpiles in a legal way is under development now.

To get more information, the tire stewardship encourages property owners to contact them directly.

Article source: CBC News