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JULY 2006


Missouri tackles tire cleanup

The cleanup of Cass County’s largest remaining tire dump has begun. Daniel Schutte, director of environmental quality for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said, “This site has been a nuisance to the local community for years.”

The contractor, TRI-Rinse, is responsible for the removal of nearly one million tires from the site. The tires began accumulating back in the 1980s when a scrap tire hauler used the site to off load his tires. The tire laws of 1990 made the site an illegal tire dump and prevented his plan to cover the tires with rocks from a local quarry.

The tires will be collected and used by TRI-Rinse as a substitute for the more traditional gravel leachate collection layers in landfills.

The cleanup is being funded by Missouri’s scrap tire fee. A $.50 per-tire fee is collected for every new tire purchased in Missouri. The program generates close to $2.1 million annually, and all of the revenue is redirected into tire cleanup efforts.

To date, more than 13 million tires have been recycled from over 600 illegal tire dumps across Missouri since the scrap tire program’s implementation. After Cass County has been cleaned up, officials estimate that there will be 500,000 tires remaining in known tires dumps, but an estimated 1,000,000 remain in unidentified dump sites.

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