Final Manistee County scrap tire event set for Saturday

Almost 1,800 old tires were properly disposed of at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in September thanks to a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant. Another event will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the same location. (News Advocate File Photo)

Almost 1,800 old tires were properly disposed of at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in September thanks to a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant. Another event will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the same location. (News Advocate File Photo)

MANISTEE COUNTY – Manistee County will be holding the final scrap tire clean-up event of 2018 this weekend.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until the trailers are full) on Oct. 13 at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama, rain or shine. The events are made possible by a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant.

The first event was a huge success with overwhelming participation that caused the event to close early. An additional trailer has been authorized by the MDEQ to allow for the collection of more tires on a first come, first serve basis.

Only Manistee County residents will be allowed to dispose of 10 tires per vehicle with a $1 fee per tire. The fee per tire must be paid in cash at the time of drop-off. Proof of residency will be required at the event in the form of valid Michigan driver’s license, state ID or recent utility/tax bill. Residents are reminded to bring only clean and off-the-rim passenger and light duty truck tires. Tires from businesses and commercial farms will not be accepted due to the type of grant Manistee County was awarded.

To ease traffic and to keep M-22 clear, residents are asked to enter on Jones Road south of the fairgrounds. Follow special event signs to the drop-off point. Traffic will only be accepted into the event when coming from Jones Road. Please use caution and be respectful as this is a residential area.

Tires will be accepted only during event hours, no early or late drop-offs. Leaving tires before or after event hours is illegal dumping, which is a punishable offense. For those unable to attend the event, check with local tire vendors for alternative disposal sources available year-round. Manistee Tire and Family Tire Service of Manistee accept car/truck tires for a fee. Organizers suggest residents pay the disposal fee at the tire retailer when buying new ones instead of bringing them home.

The MDEQ provides grants for scrap tire clean-up programs to protect public health and the environment. When stored outdoors tires become rain catchers making them ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes and stockpiled tires become a fire safety hazard. Removing these hazards from area properties improves the natural beauty of Manistee County while eliminating health risks.

Tires collected at the event will be handled by a licensed Michigan scrap tire processor, CM Rubber Technologies who uses recycled tires to manufacture products such as landscaping mulch, playground surfacing, and drain field aggregate.

Volunteers are needed to help staff the event. For more information on volunteering, contact Manistee County Recycles at 855.2Go.Zero (855.246.9376) or kaela@iriswastediversion.com.

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