Waste Tire Disposal Program Drives Away with More Than Four Tons

The recent free residential tire disposal program sponsored by the York County Solid Waste Authority resulted in the proper disposal of 4.67 tons of tires.  Fifty-one York County residents delivered 375 tires to the York County Resource Recovery Center where they were safely processed to produce power.

This program was an outgrowth of the Authority’s participation in and support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Tom Smith of Keep York Beautiful advises, “Removing waste tires from our communities helps clean up illegal dumpsites and reduces the spread of West Nile virus by eliminating potential mosquito breeding sources.”

Adds Dave Vollero, Authority Executive Director, “Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. This special tire acceptance program was held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires.”  Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be off the rim and may not exceed 32” in diameter.  Residents should contact their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.

The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery.  The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites.  Waste collected in clean-up programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery Center.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information about the free litter program, call the Authority at (717) 845-1066.

Keep York Beautiful is an affiliate chapter of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  Its mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their communities.  Keep York Beautiful conducts cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach programming.  Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite should call Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at (717) 840-2375, or email him at TLS35@psu.edu.  Keep York Beautiful can assist with providing free gloves, bags and safety vests.