Pennsylvania Awards Grants to Clean Up Tire Piles

Harriburg, PA - Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess announced that DEP has awarded more than $540,000 to Carbon Services Corp. of Lehighton, Carbon County, to clean up nearly a half-million tires in piles across the Commonwealth.

Secretary Hess also announced that the Recycling Environmental Group from Bloomsburg, Columbia County, is receiving $200,000 to continue its cleanup work at seven other sites.

"Large, illegal tire piles in Pennsylvania are quickly becoming obsolete," Secretary Hess said. "Since 1995, we have cleaned up 21 million tires - or nearly 60 percent -- illegally stockpiled throughout the Commonwealth. Thanks to these grants, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

The piles are all on DEP's priority list to be cleaned up. To be included on the list, a pile must have more than 10,000 tires.

Carbon Services Corp. will clean up the following sites:

  • Bonner in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, 16,000 tires, $22,290;
  • Griffin 1 in East Providence Township, Bedford County, 10,000 tires, $23,630;
  • Griffin 2 in East Providence Township, Bedford County, 15,000 tires, $25,790;
  • Houssock in Fairmount Township, Luzerne County, 310,000 tires, $249,560;
  • Kushak in Menallen Township, Fayette County, 46,000 tires, $66,685; and
  • Tire Tread Shredder, Madison Township, Clarion County, 100,000 tires, $152,700.

"For $1.09 a tire, we are getting rid of tire piles that are environmental hazards and eyesores in communities," Secretary Hess said. "By eliminating them, we are improving the quality of life for residents, and we are opening up land that can be put to better use."

In addition, the Recycling Environmental Group will receive additional funds to continue cleaning up the Eggleston, Kenneth Gacek and Minor Burgess sites in Wyoming County; Recreational Realty and Wesley Cooper sites in Luzerne County; and John Hook and Robert Parknow sites in Erie County.

Some of the tires are collected whole and will be used to construct reefs off New Jersey and Delaware. Others are shredded for civil-engineering uses such as pipe bedding, leachate collection, gas vent-collection systems and protective cover at landfills. Shredded tires also are used for fuel in industrial boilers.

Every year, DEP awards $3 million in grants to clean up illegal tire piles in Pennsylvania. In some cases, municipalities apply for grants and hire contractors. In others, DEP identifies tire piles and awards low bids to contractors.

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