More than 279 million tires are disposed of in the United States each year, representing 4 million tons of waste, according to the Transportation Research Record.
That’s why the Williams County Health District is doing its part to join the national trend that has seen tire recycling rates improve dramatically since the 1990s, according to the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association.
The association notes: 52 percent of scrap tires are burned for fuel; 12 percent are used in crumb rubber products; 16 percent are used for civil engineering applications while at least 14 percent are still ground and dumped in landfills, joining several billion tons of tires already existing in landfills.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 22, the Williams County Health District will host a tire recycling event at the Williams County garage, 12953 County Road G, accepting car and light truck tires only. No large truck or agricultural tires will be accepted and all tires must be off the rim.
Tire dealers and non-Williams County residents are not permitted to take part.
Cost is $2 per tire.
For more information, call the Williams County Health District at 419-485-3141.