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Donate your old tires so they find new life as industrial mats

Recycling programs divert old tires to mats used in mining, construction, forestry and many other industries

If you have old tires taking up space at your home or business, B2B Industrial, Inc., in partnership with reThink Green, is accepting donations of old tires to be recycled into industrial mats for use in the mining, construction, forestry, military, fishing and car repair industries. 

Tires can be dropped off for free year-round at Rainbow Concrete Industries – Quarry & Landscape Products in Sudbury, or A-1 Blasting Mats in Sturgeon Falls.

“B2B Industrial, Inc. recycles almost 100 per cent of car and truck tires received, producing

high-quality blasting mats.” said Kevin Fitzgerald, VP Global Sales at B2B Industrial. “More than 85 per cent of all expenditures made are made in the North to employ people from the

North and produce services in the North. The funds remain localized for the development of products and services to be delivered worldwide.”

B2B Industrial is a member of Green Economy North, a sustainable business program of reThink Green.

“We’re delighted to be supporting this initiative.” said Simon Blakeley, Program

Director for reThink Green. “It’s actually a relatively simple way for everyone to demonstrate action on climate change - while supporting the vitality, sustainable growth, and decarbonization of northern industries.”

Taking old tires and turning them into blasting, land cover, wharf, and other industrial mats is a great example of the circular economy. In Ontario alone, over 12 million tires reach the end of their first product life cycle per year. B2B Industrial is giving the tires donated a second life, increasing the total lifespan of each tire. It is estimated that in 2022, the company will recycle approximately 500,000 - 750,000 tires.

“By recycling and repurposing these used tires here in the North, we can not only reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (eliminating some of the sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution channels); but positively assist our regional transition to the green economy,” said Blakeley. Currently tires are only accepted at the Sudbury and Sturgeon Falls locations, with the potential to expand across Northeastern Ontario. Locations are marked with signs to indicate where to drop off the tires.