From YouTube: Buncombe News Update - Tire Amnesty Day
Asheville Greenworks, in cooperation with the Buncombe County Solid Waste Department and many local sponsors featured in the video came together for Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, October 13. Set up at the Asheville Mall, Tire Amnesty Day is a way for all the citizens in Buncombe County to come out and get rid of their tires safely, and legally, at no charge. So if you have tires that are sitting around your barn or on your property and want a safe, easy way to dispose of them, check out this video, and keep tuned in to find out when the next event will take place.
Well, we're collecting tires today as part of a first biannual event called tire. Amnesty day we are reaching out to the public we're going to make a public place where you can come on a Saturday to drop off your tires, a fairly central location today, we're with Sears Sears of sponsoring the parking lot and advertising for the cement slate.
We're very appreciative of that, but you know its central location that everyone can bring their tires to be recycled and we can take them today on and off rim, which is a really important thing, and the folks mystères are actually going to take those rims off for us and then we're gonna recycle that metal, which will help cover the costs of today's event tires today are going to be taken in and recycled by, a company in Concord, North, Carolina called us tire.
Things we've brought a trailer out from the landfill and we're allowing people to bring their tires in the people are helped cleaned up tires, how the creeks and now the roadsides in the communities here Ashland welcome County surrounding areas. So just a good correlation of work efforts, volunteer efforts between all the county and the city and in the private sector to help clean up tires in Buncombe County. This is a chance for folks to get those old tires in their backyards anywhere.
They can find any tires, just get them out of those gullies wherever bring them here or to the lamp you bring 10 a year. The landfill for free just show proof of residency at Buncombe County, and you can dispose of them down there. We do take them. There is a charge, two dollars a piece for a tire with a rim on it, because we they have to dismount the tire from the rim when it gets to the tire recycler. Well,.
I'm bringing some tires over here, Milwaukee on TV on our TV, but radio that these recycler dollars out here from ten o'clock till file, I, think, and so my barn was getting a little crowded and I with all the time cumulated over the years, and so I decided to load them up, bring them out here and where I could get into my barn or puts all been seen. We've.
Got Jan Davis from Jan Davis tire councilman Davis is sponsoring the trailer. Today, we've got all of our sponsors. We got nantahala outdoor center girls at play. The local Trout Unlimited chapter is a big sponsor Blue Ridge biofuels claxton law firm. These are all folks who are involved in some way with the water or around our water and some some way fashion form, and this is one way for them to contribute to help us take care of this I.
Think it's a really neat thing to have a tire amnesty day, because a lot of people have tires sitting in their house or in a garage, don't know what to do with them. They tend to sit around and gather dirt and become dirt themselves, and then people will handle them improperly they'll, take them out, throw them down a bank or into the river just to be rid of them rather than handle them properly.
So the green works doing this today it gives people an opportunity to come out and legally dispose of tires and just doing the right thing. I think the greater part of this it makes people aware that there is a problem with keeping old tires around or not disposing of them properly. So there Asheville, Green Works, is doing great service for the community and making people aware of the proper way of handling scrap tires. Sometimes.
People do the wrong thing with the tires this year since january, two thousand twelve we've collected 1277 tires out of the french broad, the hominy Creek swannanoa River, all this different rivers, our volunteers, are working hard and they're. Finding more tires. Last year we collected 1123 for the entire year, so we are seeing a rise in illegal dumping and we feel that that stems from not enough for cycling locations. There is currently one it's at the county, landfill they're, very receptive at the epilim field.
Take your tires but tires accumulate, you buy an old farm and it's got a dozen tires behind it somewhere and you don't quite know what to do with it. So today we're talking about how you can get them recycled, what's going to happen with them. Next, the trailer is filling up fast and we're hoping to build on this energy for the next event in spring I've.
Been an entire industry for 41 years and scrap tires have always been a problem. Fortunately, in the early mid 90s North Carolina enacted a scrap tire disposal ordinance that really makes it easier to deal with scrap tires at first of all, prohibits land filling hole tires, and it also imposed a sales tax or a recycling tax. At that time of two percent, which goes to the proper handling the tires and it's redistributed to the counties, it pays for ridding people or ridding the community.