Unlimited Tire Disposal Helps Southern Texas
POSTED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 8:38pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:43pm
LINN - Texas collects, processes and recycles more than 24 million discarded tires every year. But there are a huge amount of tires left and dumped illegally, partially because many people don't want to pay the high cost of recycling and many landfills limit the number of tires that people can dispose per year.
That's why one couple decided to open a land reclamation site that allows people to get rid of their tires in unlimited amounts for only four cents a pound. The average four tires on a car weigh about 20 pounds, so that's only 80 cents to dispose of four tires.
"There are so many tires. So we started researching what can we do with them? We don't have enough money to recycle them into fuel, or rubber, but this is a very viable solution for it," said Elva Walker, Santa Anita Reclamation Tire Disposal.
A land reclamation project allows for an excavated, deteriorated, or disturbed piece of land to be filled back in with 50% soil and 50% shredded tires. Then an additional 18 inches of soil packed on top.
"Tires do take up a lot of space and you can't bury a whole tire. It is completely against the law. The tires have to be cut. We're shredding them, but you have to at least quarter them," said Walker.
Located in Linn, Texas the Santa Anita Reclamation project is helping Southern Texas fight against the huge problem of people illegally dumping scrap tires. Unwanted tires build up so fast because almost every person, company or business uses cars.
"Trucking companies use a lot of tires, school districts, counties, cities, they are required after so many miles on their vehicle, they have to change those tires, whether the tire would have lasted another year or not," said Walker.
In Southern Texas there is such a great need for tire disposal that in just two months, they have gone through and shredded 83,991 tires.
Santa Anita has the capability to shred 300-400 semi-truck tires per hour and 800-1,000 car tires per hour.
Santa Anita also goes out into the community and cleans up scrap tires.
"A lot of these drivers, they'll tell us, they know these places that will go in the middle of the night and dump out all those tires because they don't want to pay to dispose of them," said Walker.
Scrap tires pose a threat to the environment, serve as a breeding ground for disease, and can be a huge fire hazard.
To learn more about Santa Anita Reclamation Project go to http://sartiredisposal.com/
To learn more about Texas laws on Tire Disposal visit http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/compliance/tires/