Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs
Scrap tire drop-off day in Harrington nets nearly 100 tons
of tires, making it DNREC’s largest recycling event to date
DOVER (May 24, 2012) – A recent scrap tire drop-off day at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington was by far DNREC’s most successful recycling event to date – netting more than 95 tons of old used tires brought in for recycling rather than their becoming environmental hazards, taking up precious space in Delaware landfills, or making for eyesores strewn over the state’s landscape.
The approximate total of 7,600 tires collected was almost half as many as DNREC’s seven previous scrap tire drop-off days had taken in, cumulatively, since the state’s first drop-off day in 2008. All told, the eight events staged by DNREC have yielded more than 284 tons of tires for recycling. Delaware residents may bring in up to 10 passenger vehicle or light truck tires for recycling at each scrap tire drop-off day.
Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program was created to eliminate large, unsightly scrap tire piles that can contribute to dangerous fires producing toxic smoke and oily liquid runoff. The runoff can pollute Delaware’s surface water and groundwater resources. In addition, tire piles provide ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus.
The Delaware Scrap Tire Management 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 that originated to clean up scrap tire piles statewide.
Another scrap tire drop-off event is tentatively planned for October in the Middletown area. For more information on the program and about 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. 197