Scrap tire amnesty collection set for Aug. 15

The Record-Herald

Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District (Fayette SWCD) will hold a scrap tire amnesty collection on Saturday, Aug. 15.

“This will be the third and probably the final collection under the current grant,” said Chet Murphy, Fayette SWCD director. “The collection scheduled for May 30th had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency extended the program deadline, allowing us to reschedule the event.”

“The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District are sponsoring this program to make Fayette County a cleaner and healthier place to live, work, and play. All of the scrap tires that we collect are shipped by an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) certified transporter to an Ohio EPA permitted recycler,” continued Murphy.

There are a number of uses for recycled tires. The largest use is as ground tire derived chips. These chips are used as an alternative aggregate for gravel or crushed stone in asphalt mixes, subgrade fill and embankments, backfill for wall and bridge abutments, landfill leachate collection systems, and septic system drain fields. Bigger chips, or crumb rubber, are used for landscaping mulch, athletic turf, and playground surface material. Some are used as a feedstock for other rubber products or for new tires. A small percentage are too degraded for any re-use and must be sent to a landfill.

Pre-registration is required. There is a $1 fee per tire regardless of size. Passenger, semi-truck, and agricultural tires will be accepted. Tires may remain on rims. Large construction equipment tires will not be accepted. There is a limit of 100 tires per person. Funding for this program is limited. Fayette SWCD reserves the right to reject any and/or all loads.

Only Fayette County residents are eligible to participate. Tire vendors are not eligible. Participants should be aware of Ohio’s Scrap Tire transporter regulations. Once registered, participants will be called about a week in advance and given an approximate drop-off time.

The scrap tire amnesty collection will be held in the Fayette County Fairgrounds parking lot behind the Fayette Agricultural Center. Enter and exit off of Leesburg Avenue.

Funding for this program is provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and by Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District.

Call the Fayette SWCD office at 740-636-0279 to register.

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