By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Californians discard more than 36 million tires every 12 months – an average of one old tire for every man, woman and child. Residents of Apple Valley can avoid disposal charges and keep tires out of the desert by turning in their tires free of charge during Tire Amnesty Day, Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lion’s Park.
Passenger car and light truck tires are accepted with proof of address. The event is open to all residents of Apple Valley.
Recycled tires are hauled by Burrtec to the Mitsubishi Cement Plant where they are used as fuel for the cement kiln. Whole tires are injected one at a time into the 2,700-degree kiln. The rubber quickly burns off, completely and cleanly, providing heat for the process and decreasing the use of low-sulfur coal that is used as the primary fuel. The Mitsubishi Cement Plant keeps approximately 2 million tires per year out of the landfill.
Past Tire Amnesty Days have had a significant impact on decreasing the illegal dumping of tires, which often results in health and environmental hazards. Illegal dumps attract further discards, littering the landscape and polluting the environment. Whole tires hold water, providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes. They also present a fire hazard that releases noxious smoke when burned and oil and soot runoff can contaminate both surface and ground water.
The cost of the event is covered by Cal-Recycle’s Local Government Waste Tire Amnesty Program and is sponsored by the Town of Apple Valley and Burrtec Waste.
Lion’s Park is on South Outer Highway 18, between Flathead and Dale Evans Parkway. No rims will be accepted and no commercial dealers will be allowed.