Tires are convenient when they are attached to your vehicle and help you get around every day, but what happens when good tires go bad? Tires eventually wear out or are damaged and have to be replaced. Ideally, all tires should be turned in for recycling or reconditioning for continued use. Actually, about 83 % of tires are now recycled each year. Unfortunately, there are still thousands that end up in local landfills. Tires also end up in people’s yards, or sadly, are dumped illegally into creeks, wooded areas, or fields. When individuals leave tires, they are breaking the law and creating an environmental and health hazard.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, the Liberty County Solid Waste Department and Keep Liberty Beautiful will hold a Tire Amnesty Day for Liberty County residents. The event will be held in Hinesville at the corner of Oglethorpe Hwy (Hwy 84) and Fraser Drive from 9 am until 3 pm.
This event is for Liberty Residents only. We will ask for proof of residency.
Tires generated from commercial ventures will not be accepted.
We will only accept tires for cars, SUVs, and light trucks.
Semi tires or larger and racing slicks will not be accepted.
There will not be a fee for the tires turned in.
We do not do these events very often. Still, periodically, it helps to hold this type of event to encourage local residents to turn in tires they may have lying around and had never turned in. Tires are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Tires are also attractive living areas for several local ‘critters,’ like snakes. I do not like snakes or mosquitoes, so please turn in any tires appropriately.
Tires collected but cannot be reconditioned with new tread can be recycled and sent to companies that reprocess them. Old tires can be shredded or melted down and used to make other materials such as asphalt to pave roads or mulch to create playground surfaces. Isn’t that a better option for tires than spending an eternity in a landfill? So, I encourage you to bring in any tires around your home.
Once again, this is NOT an option for tires generated from commercial ventures. We will only accept tires during the period of 9:00am until 3:00pm on Saturday. Any tires left in the vicinity before or after the event will be treated as an illegal dumping violation. The collection location will be under camera surveillance, so I encourage people to abide by these rules. Illegal dumping penalties are pretty severe. According to the Georgia Comprehensive Litter Prevention and Abatement Act of 2006, Code Section is a felony punishable with a fine of up to $25,000.00 and a five-year prison term. So, if you are thinking about dumping tires, think twice.
Round up your tires and encourage your neighbors to do so as well, to help our community. For more information about the Tire Amnesty Day, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at (912) 880-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Liberty County Solid Waste Department. Also, you can visit the KLB website for more information on all our upcoming events, www.keeplibertybeautiful.org.