April 7, 2011

Scotland County to Host Waste Tire Collection

Scotland County and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are joining forces to help county residents do a bit of spring cleaning.

A special waste tire collection service will be available to Scotland County residents on Friday April 8th and Saturday, April 9th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scotland County Fairgrounds near the old trash compactor site.

This free service will be limited to Scotland County residents. No commercial or business tires will be accepted since they are regulated by different DNR specifications.

DNR will provide two semi-trailers that are funded through a state program. The trucks and trailers are delivered and picked up by trustees from the state corrections department. The site will be manned by county road and bridge staff.

Participants are asked to enter the fairgrounds through the south gate, nearest the compactor site.

"Some of the tires collected at these type of events go to a tire-fired electric generation plant in Wisconsin," said presiding commissioner Chipper Harris. "Some go to shredders. I'm not certain where our tires will be going."

Harris noted the county hopes to start the waste tire collection service once again on an annual basis. He indicated it was last offered in 2009.

The Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District through the NEMO Regional Planning Commission had previously offered the services through grant funding from DNR. The program began in 1997 and was held annually or semi-annually through 2004 when the funding process changed. In 2003, the service surpassed 82,000 tires removed from Scotland County, eliminating more than 1,770 tons of solid waste in a decade.

"I started the process to obtain this service over a year ago and this was the first available date to have one," Harris said referring to this weekend's event. "I am currently trying to get a date for next year and hope to provide the service annually."

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