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April 5, 2008

City tire pickup starts Monday

Residents can get rid of old rubber for free

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.

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