Have a pile of tires taking up space in your garage or backyard?
For no more effort than it takes to haul the used rubber to the street curb, now is your chance to get rid of them, courtesy of the city of Kokomo and the Howard County Recycling District.
City sanitation workers will pick up used tires starting Monday along the city’s normal garbage disposal routes.
All residents have to do is place their used tires next to where they place their garbage totes.
Instead of waiting for their regular trash days, however, residents should have the tires out to the street Monday. Workers will continue picking up tires through Friday. There’s no set maximum on the number which will be picked up, although city workers are asking residents to be reasonable.
The Howard County Recycling District is furnishing a trailer and paying for disposal of the tires.
“We want them to get ’em out of their garages, get ’em out of their back yards and put them where we can get at them,” Kokomo street superintendent Joe Ewing said. “This is a good opportunity for everyone.”
Last year, the Recycling District disposed of 2,747 tires countywide, said district director Marla Vechey.
Two contractors, Leffler Tire, Peru, and Dillon Tire Recycling, North Liberty, will haul the tires off, she said.
What ultimately happens to the tires probably won’t satisfy the Earth-conscious; most will be ground up and used for daily landfill cover. By law, tires can’t be placed into a landfill unless they’re at least quartered.
Vechey said the state has spent considerable effort trying to create new markets for recycled tires.
The use of ground-up tires in asphalt is something she hopes becomes more widespread, as the tires can improve the flexibility of asphalt during winter freezes and thawing periods, theoretically decreasing the number of potholes in the spring.
Leffler Tire owner Dennis Leffler said about 40 percent of what his company takes in ends up in landfills, mainly the steel-belted treads from tires.
But his company cuts out rubber sidewalls for many uses, including padding around orange highway barrels, for padding at dairy farms, and for blasting mats to keep down dust at dynamiting operations.
Bias ply tractor tires can be ground up for use as mulch or playground surfacing, and as a base to keep mud from seeping into field tile. Leffler also finds used tires which are suitable for resale.
The city’s pickup is also designed to reduce the amount of illegal dumping in and around Kokomo.
City officials still remember the tire pile found in a wooded area off the 2600 block of East Carter Street in 2005. More than 5,000 old tires, many not even modern radial tires, had been dumped over decades alongside the Wildcat Creek.
City AFSCME union workers and the volunteer members of the Wildcat Guardians conservancy group worked to clean up the pile. Firestone Corp. disposed of all the tires, an act of generosity which saved the city an estimated $15,000.
Anyone who forgets or can’t take advantage of next week’s free tire pickup can still cheaply dispose of used tires, by taking the tires to the Recycling District, 4102 Cartwright Drive, anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The recycling district charges $1 for a light truck/car tire, $3 for a semi-trailer tire, and $5 for a tractor tire. Vechey said those prices are still cheaper than what tire dealers charge.
But next week, tire pickup is free, city wide.
Scott Smith may be reached at (765) 454-8569 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents can get rid of old rubber for free
Have a pile of tires taking up space in your garage or backyard?
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