CONTACT: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Recent DNREC scrap tire recycling drop-off day
in Middletown collects 27 tons of tires
DOVER (Oct. 7, 2014) – Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances, recently sponsored its 12th scrap tire drop-off day in the state and netted 27 tons of old and disused tires for recycling. While the event late last month in Middletown wasn’t among the program’s largest turnouts, it was still successful in removing almost 2,300 scrap tires from the state’s landscape where they lay as potential health and environmental hazards.
The drop-off days provide Delaware residents with an opportunity to recycle scrap tires free of charge, helping to reduce the environmental and health hazards associated with piles of scrap tires in our communities. 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 historic scrap tire piles statewide.
Delaware residents may bring in up to 10 passenger vehicle or light truck tires for recycling at each scrap tire drop-off day. Since the state's first drop-off day in 2008, the 12 events staged by DNREC have yielded almost 450 tons of tires for recycling.
The next drop-off day is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. For more information about this scrap tire drop-off day, or for assistance with removing a qualifying scrap tire pile from your property, or anything 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. 44, No. 346