October 31, 2014

Conservation district hosting tire recycling day Aug. 16

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OMER — People looking to properly dispose of old tires will have a chance to do so Aug. 16 when the Arenac County Conservation District holds a tire recycling day at the Arenac County Road Commission garage in Omer.

Conservation District Administrator Dawn Hergott said the tire recycling program serves a couple of purposes.

“It’ll help people get rid of tires at a lower expense than if they took them somewhere else,” she said. “It’ll help them save money and clean up the environment.”

Environmentally, the program ensures tires are recycled rather than improperly disposed of, which has been an issue at times, Hergott said.

“A lot of people tend to throw them in the forest or ditches,” she said. “We’ve dug them out of the river before.”

When multiple tires pile up they can be a fire hazard, and when water gets in the tires they become a home for mosquito larvae, according to Hergott.

The cost for disposal is $1 per automobile tire, $6 per semi tire and $15 per tractor tire, she said. Money from the recycling helps cover the cost of the event, Hergott said.

“It pays for the semis and the disposal of the tires, administration costs, advertising, stuff like that,” she said.

In the past, the conservation district received a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to help cover the cost of tire recycling, but due to a change in the grant application deadline last year, no grant funds were secured. Hergott said the county did allocate some money for tire recycling.

Overall, it costs about $3,000 to hold a tire recycling day, she said.

Hergott said last year, about 780 car ties, 37 tractor tires and 50 semi tires were dropped off during the local tire pickup.

“We had two semi trailers full of tires,” she said. “We had one trailer brought up and we ended up needing to get a second one, so this year we’re bringing up two.”

The tires are taken to a recycling center where they can serve various purposes, according to Hergott.

“We’ve had them recycled into aggregate for playgrounds before,” she said. “This year they’re getting recycled into fuel.”

People can bring tires to the road commission Aug. 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, contact the conservation district at 989-846-9662. An event flyer says tires must be clean and cannot be from a skid steer, golf cart or off-road vehicles.

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