Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day set for Saturday, Oct. 13
at DelDOT’s Maintenance Yard in Middletown
DOVER (October 3, 2012) – Another DNREC-sponsored recycling opportunity for Delawareans is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 13 with a Scrap Tire Drop-Off Day at DelDOT’s maintenance yard located at 5369 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, DE 19709. DNREC’s ninth scrap tire recycling event will be held, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 environmental and health hazards associated with scrap tires. One of the health hazards is that scrap tires are ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus.
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 are quick to 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, please 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. 383