City of Pharr to host Scrap Tire Amnesty Day
PHARR, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — State Representative Sergio Muñoz Jr. is pleased to announce that the City of Pharr, in conjunction with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), will host a Scrap Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday April 26, from 8 to Noon at Fire Station #2 - 120 W. Cherokee Avenue.
The Amnesty is intended to reduce the number of scrap tires in and around Pharr and to curtail the nuisance of scrap tires and their negative impact on the environment.
"I am delighted to be part of this effort to rid our communities of scrap tires and the problems associated with them, especially as we celebrate Earth Day this week," said Muñoz. "My hat is off to the City of Pharr for accepting this opportunity to improve its streets and alleyways. This Amnesty is part of a larger effort in support of the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, and I will do my part to duplicate the Amnesty in other cities in our region and to bring more resources to our area in order to reach the goals of the Border 2020 program."
The Scrap Tire Amnesty will pay 50 cents per tire in the form of a voucher redeemable the third week of May. Other Amnesty rules:
- Pharr residents only; proof of residency required (water bill or license)
- Regular car or truck tires only (no tractor/trailer tires)
- No limit on quantity
- No trash or water in tires
- Expect to help unload tires
Rep. Muñoz is working with TCEQ on ways to improve scrap tire management and lessen illegal dumping in the Rio Grande Valley. Talks are underway to duplicate a workshop recently held in El Paso that brought together the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, the Environmental Protection Agency, TCEQ, BECC, and other stakeholders to develop end-use markets for scrap tires.