Tire Recycling Program

9 years 5 months 1 week ago October 13, 2007 Oct 13, 2007 Saturday, October 13 2007 Saturday, October 13, 2007 2:51:55 PM CDT in News
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"Whole tires are banned from the landfill. So we have these collections," said Cindy Jolly with Mid-MO Waste Management district. Only half or partial tires are acceptable items.

To offset the problem of discarding old tires, the mid-Missouri solid waste management district has come up with a solution.

The group is holding a tire collection at Boone county fairgrounds Saturday.

People can bring old tires to be reused for a good cause.

"The tires can be recycled, and so there are good uses for that as well. They can be used for alternative fuel source, and playground surfaces, running tracks, walking trails and other recycled rubber products," said Jolly.

Parker Naylor, a Columbia property owner, has to use another method to get rid of his tires. He has close to 1000 on the back of his property.

Tires from the previous property owner may date back all the way to the 1960's. For those property owners who bought land with abandoned tires, another option available is available: if they have at least 500, the Department of Natural Resources will send crews to come pick them up for free.

"It's important to have this cleaned up because everyone is concerned about the environment. Everyone is concerned about West Nile. With mosquitoes, I think those are big, important issues," said Naylor.

These issues are set to be solved Saturday.

There is a disposal fee to drop off the unwanted tires: $1 per car tire, $2 per car tire with rim, $5 per truck or tractor tire and $10 per truck or tractor tire with rim.

The event kicks off at 9 A.M and ends at 1 P.M

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