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WTL tire collection continues

CHASE BOTTORF/THE EXPRESS A pile of rimless tires are gathered, ready to eventually be recycled after the tire collection is over.

McELHATTAN — The Wayne Township Landfill’s 21st annual free tire collection event continues today.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. yesterday, the landfill collected thousands of tires that will eventually be recycled. Residents who were unable to get out yesterday, can stop by the landfill today to drop off any unwanted tires.

Since the landfill started having the tire collection event over two decades ago, they have collected close to 100,000 tires, according to Michael Crist, the landfill’s environmental manager and county recycling coordinator.

As of noon yesterday, the collection had brought in over 3,000 tires, a record pace for the event.

“We are at just about 3,000 and we are on record pace,” Crist said. “We usually average about 4,500 tires an event and I think we’ll easily go pass that.”

All residential based tires are welcomed free of charge during the event. There are two piles of tires at tire collection location — one with rims to be removed and one without.

Landfill employees were hard at work de-rimming tires and piling each one up as they were being dropped off.

The landfill still accepts tires to be recycled everyday only there is a fee associated, said Crist.

“We take all tires. The event is just for residential tires,” he said.

The tire collection event is still ongoing from 8 a.m. to noon today at the Authority’s recycling center. Proof of residency is required and is free to all county residents.

Charges will apply to out of county residents.

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