First of DNREC’s 2012 Scrap Tire Drop-Off Days set for Saturday, April 21 at Delaware State Fairgrounds
DOVER (April 17, 2012) – Another DNREC-sponsored recycling opportunity for Delawareans takes place Saturday, April 21 with a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. DNREC’s eighth scrap tire disposal and recycling event will be held, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Delaware residents are encouraged to recycle scrap tires from passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks, with participation in the event helping to reduce environmental and health hazards associated with scrap tires in the state’s communities.
Seven previous DNREC-sponsored drop-off events across the state have collected more than 14,080 scrap tires (weighing nearly 176 tons). Residents are invited to bring up to 10 passenger or light-duty truck tires per household for disposal and recycling. Larger tires or tires on rims will not be accepted. Each person dropping off tires should be prepared to show proof of Delaware residency with either a driver’s license or utility bill. The Delaware State Fairgrounds is located at 18500 South DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952.
Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program was created to eliminate large, unsightly scrap tire piles that can spawn fires resulting in toxic smoke along with an oily liquid runoff from melted tires that can potentially pollute groundwater. In addition, tire piles provide an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus.
The Scrap Tire Management Program is funded by a state fee of $2 per tire on the sale of new tires. The fee is diverted to the Scrap Tire Management Fund, a matching fund and program created to clean up existing scrap tire piles statewide.
For more information on the program and future scrap tire drop-off events, visit DNREC’s website, www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/ScrapTire.aspx, or contact the Scrap Tire Management Program at 302-739-9403.