Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District (FSWCD) held a Scrap Tire Amnesty Collection Aug 30.
“We collected 7,948 passenger tire equivalents” said FSWCD Director Chet Murphy. “All tires were counted as their equivalent in passenger car tires. A semi-truck tire is equal to five passenger tires and a tractor tire may be as much as 15 or more. This was the first of several events planned in association with this program.”
FSWCD received a grant of $35,000 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to fund the Scrap Tire Amnesty Program. Most tires were accepted free of charge. There was a $5 per tire fee for large agricultural-type tires.
The tires were subsequently hauled by an OEPA certified transporter to an OEPA permitted recycling facility. The recycler converts the rubber in the tires into various products, such as tire-derived fuel, playground mulch, or asphalt mixes. The steel cords are also removed for recycling. Some tire treads are sent to another company where they are joined together to make blasting mats. These mats are used by the military and demolition contractors to limit the amount of material being thrown through the air during the explosions.
This tire amnesty is similar to FSWCD programs held in 2010 and 2013.
“To date, we have removed the equivalent of 44,000 passenger car tires from the streams, fields, forests, roadways, and residences of Fayette County. However, there is still more to be done.” said Murphy. “There was a photo of tires discarded in Paint Creek on the front page of a recent edition of the Record-Herald. I encourage Fayette County residents to utilize this program to properly dispose of their unwanted tires.”
The next Scrap Tire Amnesty Collection is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18. Pre-registration is required as the number of tires that can be accepted is limited.
Funding for this program is provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District. Call the Fayette SWCD office at 740-636-0279 for more information or to register.