Green Jobs Roll Into Sault Ste. Marie
McGuinty Government Helps Tire Processing Facility Create Jobs
A new processing technology in Ontario will create new jobs and provide a cleaner method for reclaiming used tires.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $2 million to help Ellsin Environmental Ltd. establish a plant to test a patented process for reclaiming used tires. As many as 25 jobs will be created when the Sault Ste. Marie plant launches.
The plant will use new green technology that breaks scrap tires down into their original components -- carbon black, gas, oil and steel. Some of the recovered materials can potentially be used to generate power.
With environmental approvals, the funding for this project would be provided under the NOHFC Enterprises North Job Creation Program. The program invests in private sector projects to help bring new jobs and economic prosperity to the North.
- There are currently more than 2.8 million used tires stockpiled across the province.
- Ontario Tire Stewardship is an industry-funded program launching on September 1st to deal with the more than 12 million used tires generated in Ontario each year.
- Used tires can be recycled into a variety of products including: rubber flooring, interlocking patio bricks, roofing shingles, livestock feeders and troughs, landscape mulch, belts and guitar straps, parts for new vehicles and rubberized asphalt to pave streets and highways.
“Supporting new technologies and creating green jobs is the right thing to do for our economy and our environment. Projects like this one put Ontario at the cutting edge of green tech, while ensuring that used tires are managed in an environmentally responsible way.”
“Establishing this innovative new business in our city will help foster job creation and further establish Sault Ste. Marie as a leader in green technology. This initiative will offer new options to manage existing tire disposal and environmental challenges.”