FREE Tire Drop-off courtesy of Emmet County Recycling
Emmet County Recycling (ECR) will be accepting tires for FREE under a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality starting on May 25th, 2016. The goal of the grant is to incentivize the removal of abandoned tires from both public and private lands. They can be an environmental hazard because they are a breeding ground for insects such as mosquitoes and they present fire hazards as well.
The FREE Tire Drop-off will take place Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 and Saturday 8:00-3:00 at the Pleasantview Drop-Off Center (7363 Pleasantview Rd, Harbor Springs) throughout the summer or until 12,000 tires are collected.
Since 2006, car and light truck tires have been accepted by Emmet County Recycling for a fee of $3 each; while semi and tractor tires are also accepted, but at higher fees. The grant allows up to 12,000 tires to be received on a first come, first served basis. Once the limit is reached, ECR will go back to charging $3.00/tire.
The grant comes with some restrictions:
- Households only; tires from businesses will not be accepted for free
- The MDEQ states hauling more than 10 tires at a time requires transport registration. ECR is encouraging people to call 348-0640 to schedule a drop off time if bringing more than 20 tires.
- Small and medium sized tires only (maximum four feet in diameter and 12 inches wide)
ECR is particularly targeting tires which are abandoned (i.e. left on a property when it changed hands, illegally dumped), stranded (by inability of the owner to pay to have them recycled) or considered blight by the community.
The tires will be recycled by CM Rubber Technologies of Coleman Michigan who shreds and purifies them. Landscaping mulch, playground cover, a variety of mats, drain field aggregate, and equestrian footing are all produced from the rubber.
For more information call Emmet County Recycling 231-348-0640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.