The Monroe County Recycling & Green Community Program and Monroe County Farm Bureau offered farmers an opportunity to recycle large truck, tractor and combine tires on Aug. 23.
Pre-registration was required to participate. Farmers needed to inventory and measure their tires so the disposal company could plan appropriate containers and handling equipment. County residents who missed this chance for free disposal should have another one next year, as funding has been secured or applied for a second round.
Proper disposal of tires is essential for health and safety. Piles of scrap tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests and are also a serious fire hazard.
The tires collected are recycled and used to make tire rings used as construction barrel weights or to hold down plastic covers or tarps. Recycled tires can also become crumb rubber, a material used in artificial turf on athletic fields. Additional finished products from tires include asphalt rubber used in road surfaces, tire turf used to make playground surfacing, rubber rock (an aggregate alternative) and tire derived fuel (a source of energy used in power plants).
This program is funded by a grant from Michigan Farm Bureau, and a grant from the Centers for Disease Control/Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the County of Monroe.
For more information on the Recycling and Green Community Programs, please contact Dan Rock at the health department (734-240-7900 or [email protected]) or visit www.co.monroe.mi.us/publichealth.