Trash Talk: The To-Do With Tires

One of the biggest problems plaguing our solid waste system is something that we see every day – tires. And we are tired of it.

Last week, we watched as a county resident stood in front of the “no brush no tires,” looked over his shoulder… and tossed six tires into the open top box at one of our convenience centers. He knew exactly what he was doing, and that it was illegal. This was before the new ordinance went into effect on Tuesday, and thus we were unable to prosecute him for this infraction.

However, our site attendants and Sheriff’s Deputies will not be as kind to lawbreakers like this in the future, with the backing of the civil penalties and the ability to charge violating citizens with a misdemeanor.  A Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of up to $2,500.

Tires actually do not belong in the green box sites or convenience centers at all. If they are buried in one piece with the rest of the household trash in the landfill, tires create an air pocket and float up to the top of the garbage. This causes all kinds of problems with the amount of compaction that we can do at the landfill, and with keeping our landfill up to the standards to which it must adhere to stay in compliance with its permit.

Right now, when a tire is thrown away, we have to send someone in to physically pull that tire out of the landfill and set it aside to be recycled. That costs a lot of staff time, and can bring the landfill to a grinding halt if we discover enough of them at once.

The best way to take care of them is to have the tire professional split into two pieces and take them directly to the landfill in Dry Fork. You might be surprised at the cost to recycle tires – $43.20 per ton – but each tire only weighs about twenty pounds at full weight, which means it costs you $1 to bring us your scrap tire.

It may take you a little bit more time to get those tires to the landfill, but it will save you tons of money in the long run in your taxes, and help our landfill run as smoothly as possible. We will make sure your used tire is properly recycled and turned into mulch, asphalt or maybe even another tire.

We want you to consider being part of the solution to the County’s trash problems.  We are still actively hiring for site attendants to help residents navigate the convenience centers. If you think you might be interested, I would encourage you to apply.

Finally, here’s my question for you, which I am asking at the end of each article I write. Is there something you’d like to see us change? Do you have suggestions for what we should add to our convenience centers to make your experience better? We want to know!