Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Spare Tires = Spare Change

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM

If you consider $57,162 spare change, that is.

Council chair Harold Collins reported today that last month's Tire Redemption Program collected more than 57,000 tires, or 675 tons, from area citizens. The city and county paid citizens $1 per tire, many of them from vacant lots and so-called illegal "tire dumps."

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"The citizens in this community did an outstanding job," Collins said. "We saved the city and county tens of thousands of dollars."

Both the county and the city allocated $50,000 for the program, but almost half of the funding went to company contracted to dispose of the tires.

The county has already allocated another $50,000 to do a second round of the tire redemption program, and the City Council's executive committee today voted to do likewise.

"We don't know how many tires are out there in this county, causing environmental hazards," Collins said. "Heaven forbid if one of these tire dumps catches fire."

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