Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day Saturday, Oct. 13
in Middletown offers opportunity to pitch in with
recycling while helping thwart a health hazard
DOVER (Oct. 11, 2012) – DNREC’s next Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day offers Delawareans the dual opportunity to promote recycling while removing a health hazard from the environment – by turning in scrap tires that are ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes which spread West Nile virus.
DNREC’s ninth scrap tire recycling event will be held, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at DelDOT’s maintenance yard located at 5369 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709.
Eight previous DNREC-sponsored scrap-tire drop-offs have collected more than 22,720 scrap tires (nearly 284 tons of tires) for recycling. Increased public participation in the drop-off events promotes the state’s recycling efforts and reduces the environmental and health hazards, including West Nile virus, associated with scrap tires.
Delaware residents are encouraged to recycle scrap tires from passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks – up to 10 passenger or light-duty truck tires per household can be turned in for recycling. Tires larger than 31 inches tall 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.
Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program is funded by a state fee of $2 per tire on the sale of new tires. The 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, scrap tires whether in piles or discarded singly quickly become breeding habitat for mosquitoes which can carry the West Nile virus.
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.
Vol. 42, No. 394