FRANKLIN, Quebec (July 23, 2012)—The last of some 45.5 million stockpiled scrap tires in Quebec have been removed and recycled with the cleanup of the province's last remaining stockpile, according to provincial and municipal officials.
The last scrap tires were removed from the stockpile in Franklin July 20, which once contained more than 22 million tires, the officials said.
Present at the final removal of tires were Pierre Arcand, Minister of Developpement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs; Stephane Billette, member of the Canadian Parliament, representing Huntingdon, Quebec; Ginette Bureau, president and CEO of Recyc-Quebec, the provincial recycling agency; and Suzanne Yelle-Blair, mayor of Franklin.
“Emptying the Franklin site is an important, symbolic and progressive step in the management of scrap tires,” Arcand said at the Franklin site. Since 2011, 12 major scrap tire sites and nearly 800 smaller ones have been cleaned up in Quebec, he said.
The provincial government empowered Recyc-Quebec in 1996 with managing Quebec's first integrated program to reclaim and recycle all scrap tires generated in the province every year, Recyc-Quebec said. In 2001, the agency launched a separate program to clean up Quebec's scrap tire stockpiles.
In all, more than 151 million car, van and truck tires have been recovered and processed in Quebec, the agency said.