(Apple Valley)– Residents of Apple Valley can turn in their tires free of charge during Tire Amnesty Day, Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lion’s Park in Apple Valley.
Passenger car and light truck tires without rims will be accepted with proof of address within the Town of Apple Valley. Lion’s Park is on South Outer Highway 18, between Flathead and Dale Evans Parkway. No household hazardous waste, televisions, computer monitors, commercial waste (including tires) or rims will be accepted. The event is sponsored by the Town of Apple Valley and Burrtec Waste, and is funded by a Waste Tire Clean-up Grant from Cal Recycle.
Did you know?
· Californians discard an average of 36 million tires a year, or one for every man, woman and child.
· Tires taken to Apple Valley Tire Amnesty Day events are hauled by Burrtec to the Mitsubishi Cement Plant where they are burned at 2,700 degrees and used as fuel for the cement kiln.
· The Mitsubishi Cement Plant keeps approximately 2 million tires per year out of the landfill.
· Tires dumped in the desert illegally hold water, providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes as well as contaminating both surface and ground water with oil and soot runoff.
· Tires around your house and in the desert present a fire hazard, releasing noxious smoke when burned.
In the last 15 years, approximately 100,000 tires have been collected at Tire Amnesty Day events. These collection days have had a significant impact on decreasing the illegal dumping of tires and trash, which often results in health and environmental hazards. Illegal dumps attract further discards, littering the landscape and polluting the environment.