DeKalb County hosting tire disposal events on Sept. 14Photo provided by DeKalb County
Later this month, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, in partnership with the Tire Management Unit of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, will host two Tire Amnesty Day events, giving residents the chance to dispose of old tires.
According to the county, residents can dispose of tires from cars, light-duty trucks, wheelbarrows, golf carts and bicycles. Event participants will be limited to 10 whole or partial tires, and commercial vehicle tires and tires with rims will not be accepted.
The events aim to help divert tire disposal at the county-owned Seminole Road Landfill and at commercial dumpsters, the announcement from the county says. The county also hopes the events will help reduce the amount of illegal dumping of tires in streams, rivers and other local areas.
“Improperly disposed tires can be harmful to the environment. In addition to being an eyesore and creating blight, illegally dumped tires can increase vector-borne illnesses like Zika, West Nile and dengue fever,” the county said, noting that tires can also become an ignition source for environmentally harmful fires and can cause air pollution.
Both events will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. One will be at the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s Office parking lot, located at 4380 Memorial Dr. in Decatur. The other will take place at the Seminole Road Landfill, located at 4203 Clevemont Rd. in Ellenwood.
Tire recycling services for the event will be provided by Quality Tire Recycling Inc. and Liberty Tire Recycling LLC. All tires collected will be recycled for other applications.
The events are free and only open to DeKalb County residents. Proof of residency may be requested.