Free Tire Recycling During the Month of March
(South Harrison Twp., NJ) - Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney announced today that Gloucester County will accept used tires from county residents, farmers, and municipalities at the Solid Waste Complex in South Harrison Monday through Friday during the month of March and during a special Saturday drop-off on March 20, 2010.
"The March Tire Amnesty Program gives residents a convenient way to get rid of old tires on their property," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "A lot of businesses will charge a fee to take old tires, but for Gloucester County residents March is the month to bring in old tires for free," Sweeney stated.
Old tires are a primary breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile Virus. "By eliminating old tires from our environment residents are helping to reduce places where mosquitoes breed," said Sweeney.
Sweeney said that the tire collection in March allows for them to be shredded in April, before the mosquito breeding season. The collected tires are ground to chips which are used for projects within the Solid Waste facility. March is the only time tires are accepted at the Solid Waste facility during the year.
Sweeney said that the county has successfully removed 158,110 tires from the waste stream since it began this program in 2001. "Last year over 14,000 tires were cleaned up and that is great for our environment," said Sweeney.
Residents can dispose of up to 25-passenger car and pick-up tires at no cost during the month of March, and that the county will continue to work closely with farmers on a case-by-case basis to assist them with the disposal of stockpiled tires.
County residents can dispose of up to 25-passenger car and pick-up tires at no cost at the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex at 493 Monroeville Rd. (Route 694) in South Harrison Township, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. The Saturday, March 20 event will be held rain-or-shine and will run from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.
This program is for Gloucester County residents and farmers ONLY. NO Commercial Businesses will be accepted.
County residents with more than 25 tires should contact the GCIA/Office of Recycling at 856-478-6045 ext. 14 to schedule an appointment to participate in the program. A maximum of 50 tires will be accepted per appointment. Tires may be on or off the rims, but they MUST be separated by type. They will be going into different piles. MIXED LOADS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. In addition, No oversized/heavy equipment tires will be accepted.
The GCIA/Office of Recycling will also work with municipalities, as long as their tires were generated from residential sources. Although they cannot accept thousands of tires from any one town, they will help eliminate municipal tire stockpiles.
The GCIA/Office of Recycling will work closely with County farmers on a case-by-case basis to assist them with the disposal of stockpiled tires. All protocols listed for the residential sector are also the same for municipalities and the farming community.
For more information on the Gloucester County Tire Amnesty Program please contact GCIA/Office of Recycling at 478-6045 (ext. 14).