Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta Recycling) is celebrating the recycling of Alberta’s 50 millionth scrap tire. This milestone was commemorated today with the laying of a specially engraved rubber tile at the racetrack at Northlands Park in Edmonton. This tile, made from Alberta’s recycled scrap tires, was set in place by the Honourable Rob Renner, Minister of Alberta Environment. Alberta Recycling celebrated this important environmental milestone with many industry and community guests. “Congratulations to Alberta Recycling for reaching the 50-million mark for recycled tires, and to Northlands Park for making a good environmental choice to use recycled rubber in their project,” stated Renner. Since Alberta’s tire recycling program began in 1992, it has succeeded in eliminating the hazardous stockpiles of tires that once littered the province and overloaded its landfills. Today, Alberta is home to an industry dedicated to the recycling of scrap tires into products such as roofing tiles, rubber asphalt and a variety of flooring, playground and recreational surfaces. Not only does the industry make good use of the five million tires Albertans discard each year, demand for recycled products has created an export market for these manufacturers. As well, pilot projects currently underway in the province are collecting and processing bicycle tires and off-road tires – large tires used on agricultural and heavy-duty industrial equipment. Alberta Recycling is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s electronics, tire and paint recycling programs.