July 26, 2001

County Continues To Take Advantage Of Waste Tire Collection Program

The Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District will break the 50,000-tire mark in a couple weeks when the organization opens its fourth round of waste tire collection sites across the region.

The organization has collected 46,906 waste tires in Scotland, Schuyler, Clark, Knox, Lewis and Adair counties since 1997, the first year for the collections.

In conjunction with the Scotland County Commission, the NEMO SWMD will hold a collection in Scotland County on August 2 and 3 at the Scotland County Fairgrounds. The waste tire collection site will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2 and from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., August 3.

"We simply cannot say enough about the cooperation the Scotland County Fair Board has shown for this project," said Presiding Commissioner Mike Stephenson. "Without their cooperation we would not have another site to do this valuable project and would not have been able to get rid of over 5,000 waste tires."

The county will have two employees on hand at the site with a backhoe and loading stinger to assist in unloading the tires.

Participants are asked to remove all tires from the rims and to dump out any water, mud or dirt. Anyone having more than 25 tires to dispose is asked to pre-register by calling (660) 465-7281.

The waste tires collected by the district will be shipped to Greenman Technologies, Inc., in Savage, MN. All the tires will be reused or recycled either as tire-derived energy source (tire chips are a common supplemental fuel source for energy plants) or as materials for other value-added products such as playground surfaces.

The company has been involved with the process since 1988 with a plant capacity of 12 million tires per year. The cost of the service is $154 per ton.

More than 2,000 tires have been collected in each of the three years the recycling project has been offered in Scotland County.

The first year for the project was 1997. A total of 3,088 tires were collected July 24-25. The November 4-5 collection period in 1999 ended with 2,893 tires turned in. The June 8-9, 2000 collection period was the smallest of the three, bringing 2,668 tires in for the program. Overall more than 8,500 tires have been removed from Scotland County.

Project Coordinator Rick Gregory praised the cooperation of the county commission in planning the project. "I'm very fortunate to have their assistance," he said. "The County Commissioners are very cooperative in planning the collection. They provide or find a location for the collection, provide people to assist unloading the tires, provide someone to record quantities and sizes of tires brought to the collection and receive a lot of phone calls from people that have questions."



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