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May 12, 2014

Letter: Scrap tires responsibility of the owner

— As discussed in the story in Sunday’s paper, state laws prohibit tires from being landfilled. The Dalton Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Authority recycles the tires delivered to its facilities for a small fee. Waste or scrap tires currently have a negative value, meaning that you have to pay for them to be processed or shredded to separate the rubber from the other components (steel belts). In addition, you have to pay to have them transported to the processor who is located in Atlanta, and you have to stack the tires in trailers prior to their transport. All of these costs are reflected in the fees the authority charges to manage scrap tires. In 2013 the authority paid more than $15,600 to transport and process the tires it received. The authority operates as an enterprise fund to minimize the cost to county taxpayers for its operation.

The proper management of scrap tires is the responsibility of the owner of the tires, not the authority or Whitfield County. The authority provides access for tire recycling as a service to the community, although the best way to manage scrap tires is to leave them with the tire store when you purchase new tires. The tire store will also pay to have the tires recycled.

If your company or organization would like to sponsor a tire amnesty day for the community, please call (706) 278-5001

 

Norman Barashick

Executive director, Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority

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