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27 Oct, 2016

A boost for community projects from Ontario Tire Stewardship, plus a giveaway!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

This blog post and giveaway is sponsored by Ontario Tire Stewardship.*

I know a lot of community- and environmentally-minded Fishies follow this blog and I know this information will be of interest. It could be a game changer for YOUR local community project!

Have you heard about the Community Renewal Fund? It’s a grant that offers up to $50,000 to put toward building or renewing spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled Ontario tire rubber.

Recycled tires can be used in a lot of different ways. For example, did you know that playground pathways, for example, can be made out of recycled tire rubber? Not only is this a great way to use up discarded tires – which can’t be recycled in the same manner as pulp and paper or glass bottles – but it gives the kids something a little springier to play on. I’d call that a win-win.

Since the program’s inception, 48 projects in 37 communities across Ontario have been awarded funding for playgrounds, fitness tracks, and other shared community spaces. Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink, for example, was furnished with recycled rubber flooring made from recycled tires. (A complete look at the transformation can be viewed on Rethink Tire’s YouTube channel!)

Ontario-based community groups such as municipalities, non-profit community groups or organizations, schools, or First Nations communities are all invited to apply to the Community Renewal Fund.

The Community Renewal Fund is targeted at larger public projects but there are many products made from recycled tires available for the home as well. Boot trays, winter car mats, planters, backyard pavers, stair treads, garden borders, roofing shakes ­– these are just a few things that are made out of recycled tires.

I have a $25 gift card to give away to one recipient to spend at Home Depot from Ontario Tire Stewardship. You may choose to spend it on something new made with recycled tire rubber, it’s up to you!


  • Just leave a comment below. That’s it!
  • This giveaway is open to residents of Ontario. One entry per email address please!
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on November 3, 2016 and I’ll contact the winner via email. The name of the winner will be posted here as well. So please check back!
  • The gift card will be mailed to the winner by Rethinktires.ca.

For more information about the Community Renewal Fund and to apply online, or just learn about how we can make a difference, visit rethinktires.ca.

This blog post and giveaway is sponsored by Ontario Tire Stewardship. Thank you OTS!




16 Responses to "A boost for community projects from Ontario Tire Stewardship, plus a giveaway!"

1 | Marielle Quinton

October 27th, 2016 at 4:39 pm


I have a beautiful doormat made of recycled tires that I keep outside our front door and after 8 years it still looks beautiful.

2 | Brenda A

October 27th, 2016 at 9:11 pm


It is truly shocking the number of tires in landfill sites. I find the pictures quite disturbing. The more items that can be made from these tires, the better! I like that tires are made into new playground substrate.

3 | Wendy

October 27th, 2016 at 10:39 pm


What a fantastic idea !I especially like the playground equipment being made

4 | Elizabeth

October 27th, 2016 at 11:21 pm


That’s a very intriguing program, wow! I love the idea of playground spaces made safer with recycled tires.

5 | Tiana

October 28th, 2016 at 9:23 am


Oh I could definitely use that gift certificate. I can’t wait to read more about this program!

6 | joy

October 28th, 2016 at 9:50 am


I love the idea of recycling rubber from tires-so much better for the environment!

7 | Katie

October 28th, 2016 at 6:25 pm


Great sharing. I am pretty sure the rubbery walkway, provided to give seniors in the area a safe and stable walking space, around the newly installed playground, is made of recycled tires. There is a board noting sponsors of the space. I wonder if Ontario Tire is one of them.

8 | Shannon

October 28th, 2016 at 10:40 pm


Love the playground equipment.

9 | maryatparenthood

October 29th, 2016 at 8:54 am


We’ve been contemplating putting a similar product around our play structure in our yard, but if we need to get rid of it I worry it would be painful to remove. But presumably it lasts a really long time so maybe we don’t need to worry about that.

10 | mnyyoungs

October 29th, 2016 at 3:38 pm



11 | NickyJ

October 29th, 2016 at 3:42 pm


Love the idea of this grant.. hope more people can put it to use!

12 | Suzi

October 29th, 2016 at 6:18 pm


What a wonderful idea! And thanks for this great opportunity!

13 | Sarah McCormack

October 30th, 2016 at 11:13 am


wonderful to see initiatives like these!

14 | Erika H

November 1st, 2016 at 12:38 pm


This is great! Thank you for the opportunity!

15 | andrea tomkins

November 3rd, 2016 at 12:11 pm


Comments are closed to new entries! I’ll post the name of the winner here and will be sending him/or an email.

16 | andrea tomkins

November 3rd, 2016 at 12:13 pm


We have a winner! It’s commenter 7, Katie, who wrote:

“Great sharing. I am pretty sure the rubbery walkway, provided to give seniors in the area a safe and stable walking space, around the newly installed playground, is made of recycled tires. There is a board noting sponsors of the space. I wonder if Ontario Tire is one of them.”

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