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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

By cleaning up tire piles, investing in Ontario businesses that recycle scrap tires, and supporting projects that use recycled rubber products, OTS contributes to making Ontario's communities more sustainable. However there is another way the program supports the growth of livable, healthy communities. By expanding the use of recycled rubber products, OTS also supports residents in their efforts to be more active and healthy. 
 
Since my youth I have tried to stay active and healthy whether it’s playing hockey, hitting the gym, or running on the track. In all of these activities recycled rubber products play a prominent role – such as keeping my skates sharp, my knees protected, or helping floors stand-up to constant abuse. Read More

A Gold Medal Opportunity

Canadian fans at a 2010 Vancouver Olympics LiveCity site featuring Eco-flex TDP pavers

Photo: Canadian fans at a 2010 Vancouver Olympics LiveCity site featuring Eco-flex TDP pavers

 
The Olympics attract millions of viewers, thousands of athletes, and the participation of hundreds of sponsors and partners all over the world. That's why sporting events of this magnitude offer significant opportunity to sling shot sustainable building trends forward. 

With facilities built to hold tens of thousands of people, “going green” at the Olympic Games can influence the public’s appreciation for environmental leadership in all sorts of ways. Read More


Zero to Sixty

September 2012
September 30, 2012: Closing date for Stewards to submit August 2012 TSF Remittance Reports and payment.
September 30, 2012: Closing date for Collectors to submit Claims for the April - June 2012 period.
September 30, 2012: Closing date for Haulers to submit Claims for the July 2012 period.
September 30, 2012: Closing date for Processors to submit Claims for the July 2012 period.
September 30, 2012: Closing date for RPMs to submit Claims for the July 2012 period.


Legacy of Sustainability at the Toronto Pan Am Games


Digital rendering of a Toronto Pan Am training facility, to be converted into a YMCA community space after the Games. Photo source: http://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/image_galleries/2015_pan_am_games/?13326#13338
Photo: Digital rendering of a Toronto Pan Am training facility, to be converted into a YMCA community space after the Games. Photo source

Labeled the “Green Games,” the recent London Olympics highlighted a new focus on sustainability for international sporting events.  Major events mean major construction, and efforts were made to ensure that the tremendous injection of infrastructure spending was done as responsibly as possible.
 
Toronto, host of the 2015 Pan Am Games, is also embracing sustainability in a big way. Sporting venues, residences, and new public parks are all being developed to rigorous green standards. The central feature of the Pan Am Games is the Athletes’ Village, currently being developed to house the 10,000 athletes, coaches, and team officials who will be participating in the games. This legacy community is being designed to thrive long after the athletes depart. Read More

 


Ontario Tire Stewardship has a new home:
300 The East Mall,
Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario
M9B 6B7

Note: The OTS staff direct phone numbers have changed, however individual email addresses and the following will remain the same.

OTS Call Centre Tel: 1-888-687-2202

OTS Fax: 1-866-884-7372

Email: info@ontarioTS.ca


HAVE A QUESTION?

Call us at 1888-687-2202 (1-888-OTS-2202) or visit us at www.ontarioTS.ca.


TDP Products Keeping Seniors Safe

Research shows that the physical design of healthcare environments can improve patient care, reduce patient and staff stress, and positively impact the bottom line. According to the Centre for Health Design, there is a growing movement in the healthcare community calling for design decisions within the built environment to be based on credible research, otherwise known as ‘evidence-based research’ (EVB).
 
"As hospital leaders continue to seek ways to improve quality and reduce errors, it is critical that they look around their own physical environment with the goal of ensuring the hospital contributes to, rather than impedes, the process of healing," writes Dr. Carolyn Clancy, U.S. director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in the January/February 2008 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality. Read More

 


DID YOU KNOW the Ontario Tire Stewardship has launched the second round of Community Grant Program funding? This program is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools/colleges/universities, and First Nations communities throughout Ontario. To qualify, projects must use products made from Ontario recycled rubber and be completed by June 30, 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.greenmytires.ca/

DID YOU KNOW the OARA Tire Take Back event, held between May 28th and June 2nd, raised $357,960 for the Sunshine Foundation Children's Charity and collected 139,000 used tires? That’s nearly triple last year's amount, and stacked on top of each other the tires would be the height of more than 65 CN Towers!

What's That Smell?

NRT Pro-Fit flooring at the Earth Rangers Centre staff gym

Photo: NRT Pro-Fit flooring at the Earth Rangers Centre staff gym

In an industry where a split second can mean the difference between a gold medal finish and missing the podium, there’s no denying that small details count in sports. And just like Olympic athletes, even recreational exercisers can appreciate small differences in fitness environments.
 
Though intangible, air quality and odour are two critical variables that can contribute negatively or positively to your exercise experience. Buying non-toxic or low-VOC paints is one common way facility managers meet air quality standards and environmental goals. An area that is often overlooked, however, is opportunities for improved air quality through careful flooring selection. Read More



OTS R&D Program in High Gear

Ontario Tire Stewardship will be flowing over 1.7 million dollars over the next 18 months to Ontario organizations as part of six active R&D funding agreements. These projects span commercial and consumer uses and make use of a variety of waste tire materials. Many of these projects have already passed their first milestone: moving from technical design to bench testing.

Objectives for these R&D initiatives range from creating an economic advantage by driving down material input costs to using crumb rubber in place of other virgin materials, or improving product performance by harnessing the durability and resiliency that blending crumb rubber can provide. According to Andrew Horsman, Executive Director of OTS, preliminary data from one manufacturer indicates that switching to crumb rubber may cut material component costs by half. Read More

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