New life for old bicycle tires and tubes

Fredericton-Its bicycle season and Recycle NB wants your old bike tires and tubes.

Minister of Environment and Local Government Serge Rousselle, Q.C. kicked off the recycling agency’s new bike tire and tube recycling program at the Radical Edge Bike Shop in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

“This initiative is an excellent and innovative way to recycle materials and divert waste from our landfills,” said Rousselle. “This is one more way we are collaborating to protect the environment, embrace a greener economy and create jobs.”

To start the recycling program, Recycle NB teamed up with the Canadian Independent Bike Retailers Association, the province’s bike shops, tire retailers and TRACC, in Minto New Brunswick. “Instead of old bike tires and tubes going to landfills, we wanted to give cyclists the chance to recycle them. Thanks to the support of our partners, this new program makes recycling easy. ” said Recycle NB CEO Pat McCarthy.

McCarthy said there is no cost for the pilot program for cyclists or for bike shops. Collectors under the tire-recycling program will pick up the tires and tubes as part of their routine tire collections. Bike shops will collect and bundle the old tires and tubes and take them to their local tire retailer for collection. Local cycling clubs will let their members know about the new program.

Bill Yetman of the Canadian Independent Bike Retailers Association welcomed the recycling program. “Independent bicycle retailers and their customers are excited to participate in the tire and tube recycle program and congratulate the government on the initiative.”  Recycle NB’s website lists the participating bike shops throughout New Brunswick.

TRACC’s manufacturing plant will use the tires and tubes in the production of cattle mattresses and crumb rubber for use in the manufacture of a variety of rubber products.

“We are very enthusiastic about this program and we are working to make it a success and to provide our customers with a service that helps to protect the environment,” said Matt Savage, owner of Savage’s Bicycle Center, Fredericton.   

Recycle NB oversees the recycling of waste tires, paint, electronics, oil and glycol in New Brunswick. Information on Recycle NB and its programs is available at

The Canadian Independent Bicycle Retailers association ( was established to best serve the needs of Canada’s Independent Bicycle Retailers and the industry their work supports and sustains. As an association focused on, and governed by the majority of independent bicycle retailers, CIBRA is the voice of the Canadian bicycle retail industry and its steward.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473,

Sheila Lagacé, communications, Department of Environment and Local Government,


Bill Yetman, Canadian Independent Bike Retailers Association,                                     


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