Recycle NB Sponsors Tire Clinics

October 21-27 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. To mark the week Recycle NB in partnership with Canadian Tire is encouraging people to save on fuel and protect the environment and their safety by regularly checking the tire pressure on their vehicles. Environmental and Local Government Minister Danny Soucy attended a clinic and had his tires checked . From left: Recycle NB chair Brian Howell, Canadian Tire owner Michel Semegen, Canadian Tire service technician Stephen Bonnar, Minister Soucy.
 
Fredericton- October 21-27 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. As the sponsor of the week in New Brunswick, Recycle NB is encouraging people to save on fuel, protect the environment and their safety by regularly checking the tire pressure on their vehicles. “It is a small act with a big impact,” says Recycle NB Chair Bryan Howell.
 
Environment and Local Government minister Danny Soucy participated in the tire clinic at the Two Nations Crossing Canadian Tire. “I want to congratulate Recycle NB and Canadian Tire for this Waste Reduction Week initiative. I hope New Brunswickers take advantage of the opportunity to care for their tires and protect our environment.” 
 
The Rubber Association of Canada estimates that Canadians waste about 643 million litres of fuel each year due to improperly inflated tires. The result is that one million tonnes of carbon dioxide – a harmful greenhouse gas –are released into the atmosphere. 
 
“If drivers check their vehicle’s tire pressure regularly they can cut their fuel bill, protect the environment and improve the safety of their vehicle,” says Howell.
 
To help people understand the importance of proper tire pressure and maintenance, Recycle NB has formed a partnership with Canadian Tire to offer free tire clinics at all Canadian Tire stores from October 21-26. There is no need to make an appointment to take part in the tire clinic. Anyone can drop into their local Canadian Tire and get their tires checked. If they register their visit on the Recycle NB website, they have a chance to win a set of four tires to a value of $2,400 supplied by GOODYEAR. 
 
Recycle NB CEO Pat McCarthy says recycling old tires is another easy way to protect the environment. “Anyone can drop their waste tires off at any tire retailer for recycling. New Brunswick has had a waste management program for tires for over 16 years. The program protects the environment by diverting waste tires from landfills and turning them into recycled rubber products.” Since it began, the program has diverted 1 million tires per year from the province’s landfills.
 
Information on Recycle NB and its programs is available online at http://www.recyclenb.com. 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
 
 Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473, 
 Jessica Culp – Communications Advisor, Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd, 416-
 patmccarthy@recyclenb.com ; Lisa Harrity, Communications Director, 
 Environment and Local Government, 506-444-2179, lisa.harrity@gnb.ca; 
 480-8261, Jessica.Culp@cantire.com

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