Let's Talk Trash

ABOUT TIRES: Hopefully many of you were able to recycle some (or all) of the old tires you’ve had hanging around your place through the recent Tire Round-Up Event sponsored by the qRD and Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC). Because of barge capacity, only 200 tires were able to leave Lasqueti. However, we are still gathering data on how many tires are left on the island so if you have some, please register them with Waste Manager Mark and if there is need, Let’s Talk Trash will advocate for another round-up.

In BC the first scrap tire recycling program was established in 1991, making it the oldest recycling program in Canada. Over the past 30 years more than a million tires have been recycled in the province. Along the line Extended Producer Responsi-bility (EPR) became a government strategy to shift responsibility for end-of-life product management from the general taxpayer or local government onto the producer and consumers. In March 2006, the BC Ministry of Environment added tires to the Recycling Regulation. Tire Stewardship BC was created to be responsible for collection, processing and management of scrap tires.

In BC, all scrap tires collected are also re-purposed in the province. There are two companies located in Delta, Western Rubber Products and Lehigh Northwest Ce-ment, that have helped that happen since 1991 by turning tires into athletic tracks, playground surfaces, recreational flooring, mats and flooring for farms and factories, additives for rubberized asphalt, and even landscaping mulch. BC has one of the highest diversion rates in the country with virtually no stockpiles!

When you buy new tires you are charged an Advance Disposal Fee (ADF). Most passenger vehicle tires have an ADF of $5. All revenue collected from ADF’s is used exclusively for recycling and program activities. 90% goes to processing and haulers to collect, transport and recycle scrap tires. The remaining 10% is for program management, consumer education, awareness initiatives and a community grant program.

Most drivers turn their old tires into a retailer when they get new ones. However, you can take in up to four, clean, off-the-rim tires to any retailer that participates in the TSBC program. There are lots of places in Parksville-Qualicum including Canadian Tire, French Creek Shell and OK tires. Also, bike tires have been added to the program. You can now drop them off at participating retailers. Check out tsbc.ca to find the near-est location.

That’s the good news about tires and recycling.

The bad news is there’s clearly a link between tires and the death of spawning coho salmon in creeks and streams near busy roads in the Pacific Northwest. Salmon face the impacts of climate change directly, constantly and acutely. Coho salmon are listed as either threatened or endangered species depending on where you are. For the past couple of decades, mass mortality events were noticed when returning salmon met stormwater run off in their waterways.

In 2021 scientists finally identified the killer chemical. After heavy rains, storm-water flushes bits of aging tires into neighbouring streams. The resulting mix of chemi-cals from tire wear particulate, especially a molecule related to a preservative that keeps tires from breaking down too quickly, poisons the coho.The common tire preservative molecule (6PPD) is present in all waterways near busy roads and it’s responsible for up to 90% mortality, before spawning, in urban creeks impacted by stormwater.

Two options to remediate this problem are: finding environmentally benign al-ternatives to 6PPD and other chemicals; and building green infrastructure that can treat road runoff before it gets into streams.

As a result of exposure to these toxins, salmon can become contaminated with chemicals like arsenic, mercury, PCBs, DDT, and dioxins – including salmon that peo-ple consume. 

It’s clear we are in a time when making the right decisions for the planet and our health are linked. How we use and dispose of materials affects the air, soil, water and animals. Recognizing these vital connections may give us pause when we use earth’s resources or drop off our next tire for recycling.


From Waste Manager Mark: I’m hoping the oil receptacle will be emptied this month and I can start accepting used oil again. I’ll keep you posted.

Trash Removal System: May 11, the second Wednesday of the month, 10 am until the barge is full is the regular trash removal day at the False Bay barge ramp.  Any changes due to weather will be posted on the email list, FB Lasqueti Hotwire, and the Lasqueti website. No construction materials, renovation or demolition waste, prohibited waste, organics, recyclable material or stewardship materials. $5 per bag, $25 per aver-age truckload. Mattresses and boxsprings $15 each. Please call Mark if you have any questions about what constitutes acceptable garbage. 8601 or 250 240 9886


Recycling Depot: Spring/Summer Hours  April 1- October 31st

  • Mon 10 am - 2 pm, Thursdays 1 - 5 pm,
    Fri 10 am - 4 pm


Closed on Statutory Holidays. All recycling is monitored. Please bring it CLEAN and DRY and SORTED.

Free Store: Spring/Summer Hours  April 1- October 31st

  • Monday 10 am – 2 pm and Thursday 1 - 5 pm


Please respect the signs. Drop donations during open hours so they can be quarantined. Outstanding items only, i.e. clean, usable clothing and household items. Please, NO food, garbage, recycling, TV’s, soft foam, batteries, electrical devices, mattresses or hazardous materials, ie: chemicals, fluorescent light tubes, prescription/non-prescription drugs, or pills in general. There are recycling programs on Vancouver island for many of these materials.

Recycle BC Website: www.recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle

Return-It Beverage Depot open 24/7 Front left of Free Store. It’s not part of Mark’s contract to deal with refundable beverages. He no longer accepts glass (beer, wine, hard liquor) containers. Please take these over yourself. He’ll continue to accept aluminum beer, cider, pop cans, coconut water cans, boxed wine cartons (leave them intact) and tetra juice packs, including (rinsed) milk and milk substitute con-tainers, Please leave the caps on and push the straws in.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions for me and the qRD Let’s Talk Trash team, please get in touch. jennyv@lasqueti.ca or 8601

Previous Let's Talk Trash Articles

Image by Gary Chan

December 2021

Tracking our Waste

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November 2021

Natural Burial

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October 2021

Used Oil

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September 2021


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August 2021


LTT - August 2021

Image by Brian Yurasits

July 2021

Compostable Plastics

LTT - July 2021

Image by Naja Bertolt Jensen

June 2021

Ocean Plastic Pollution

LTT - June 2021

Image by Myfanwy Owen

May 2021

Green Cleaning

LTT - May 2021

April 2021

Burn Smart - Stoves

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March 2021

Recycle BC

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February 2021

Plastic Water Bottles

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January 2021


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