UPDATED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 2:49pm
Waco, Tx — Millions of tires are illegally disposed of in the United States, on an annual basis, which contributes to environmental waste.
In the state of Texas, 24 million scrap, or unusable tires, are generated each year. Not only is the waste an environmental hazard, but officials say it also leads to the illegal disposal of other items. Scrap tires are also reported to attract pests, such as snakes and insects, if left lying around.
This year, the City of Waco is stepping in to provide an outlet for people to properly dispose of scrap tires. For the first time ever, they are conducting a “Scrap Tire Recycling Day” on Saturday, December 1 at the ExtraCo Events Center in Waco from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Waco residents, only, can bring up to ten tires, free of charge, for recycling. Half of the tires recycled will be used to generate electrical energy locally, and they will not be disposed of at a landfill.
"Studies have shown that solid waste generation rates are continuing to increase, despite conservation efforts. So, we believe that recycling not only conserves our landfill space, but it also helps the local environment,” said Charles Dowdell, City of Waco Director of Solid Waste Services.
Dowdell says a program across the country that used to allow tire companies to recover scrap tires for a small profit was ended about 15 years ago to cut costs. A program offering money for recycling in McLennan County was also cut years ago.
Dowdell says the city will partner with other Central Texas cities in the future to bring back the “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day” in May of 2013.