Thursday was the last day for the program – a one-time only free clean up of private tire stockpiles – and the final tally stood at an amazing 16,340 tires.
“When we started I thought we would collect 10,000 tires, but we ended up surpassing that number in a big way,” smiled Curtis Jacob, the Shaunavon 4-H Club’s general leader.
Just over a week ago the group’s total sat at 9,600 tires, with a few days left in the program and several pickups still remaining on the schedule.
Needless to say, things got a little hectic for the 4-H members – who collected, hauled and sorted tires throughout the campaign – during the final week of the program.
The 4-H Club’s hard work was part of the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation’s (SSTC) Black Gold Rush program. The effort also involved the participation of the Town of Shaunavon and the RMs of Wise Creek, Grassy Creek, Bone Creek and Arlington. The tires were being stored at Shaunavon’s old landfill site just southwest of the community.
The campaign is an ongoing province-wide initiative by the SSTC that has been implemented in phases over the past few years.
The program was targeting 44 municipalities across southern Saskatchewan this summer. The goal of the campaign is to clean up all scrap tires on private property and farmland in Saskatchewan.
The Shaunavon 4-H Club was recruited to handle the job of co-ordinating the collection effort. The group used the project as a fundraiser.
“I want to thank the community for its support throughout the campaign,” stated Jacob. “I also want to thank all the 4-H members who went above and beyond to make this a successful endeavour. Our parents did a lot of work, but my 4-H kids pitched in big time counting and sorting tires.”
Trucks began arriving at the local site last week to begin the process of transporting the scrap tires to a facility in Saskatoon where they will be recycled.