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DNREC scrap tire drop-off day in Harrington
collects almost 49 tons of tires for recycling
DOVER (May 19, 2015) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, sponsored its 15th scrap tire drop-off day May 16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington – netting 48.9 tons of old and disused tires for recycling. That total accounted for 3,912 scrap tires removed from the state’s landscape, where they posed potential health and environmental hazards.
Drop-off days regularly scheduled by DNREC provide Delaware residents with an opportunity to recycle their scrap tires free of charge, helping to reduce environmental impacts and health threats, such as mosquito breeding habitat, that are associated with piles of scrap tires throughout the state. The program is funded by a fee of $2 per tire on the sale of new tires in the state. The fee is diverted to the Scrap Tire Management Fund, a matching fund and program created to clean up longstanding scrap tire piles statewide.
Each DNREC scrap tire drop-off day enables Delaware residents to bring in up to 10 passenger vehicle or light truck tires for recycling. (Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, is required when dropping off old and disused tires.) Since the state's first drop-off day in 2008, the 15 events staged by DNREC to date have yielded nearly 600 tons of tires for recycling.
For assistance with removing a qualifying scrap tire pile from your property, or for information related to scrap tire management in the state, please visit DNREC’s website at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/dwhs/Info/Pages/ScrapTire.aspx or contact the Scrap Tire Management Program at 302-739-9403.
Vol. 45, No. 154