TAYLOR COUNTY—As a way to help ensure that the Mountain State remains clear of roadside eyesores, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WV DEP) offers tire collection events throughout the year.
Locally, The WV DEP has teamed up with the Taylor County Solid Waste Authority for a Tire Amnesty Day collection, to help the deter the illegal dumping of tires.
This year’s event is slated to take place on Thursday, July 14, at the Taylor County Fairgrounds, located off U.S. Route 50 at 317 Fair Ground Rd, Grafton. Those wishing to take part will need to enter the track side entrance.
Tires will be collected between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Through the Tire Amnesty Day collection, residents will be afforded an opportunity to properly dispose of their old and unwanted tires at no cost. However, there are some certain rules that apply.
First and foremost, tires will only be accepted by West Virginia residents, and those taking part in the even will have to show proof of residency through proper identification when signing in.
There is a limit of 10 tires per resident, and the tires must be off their rims.
Only tires from passenger cars and light trucks are eligible. Tires must be 16 inches in diameter and larger.
Those tires from machinery such as tractors and lawn mowers or tires for ATV and UTVs will not be accepted.
Unfortunately, officials report that businesses are not permitted to participate, as this collection is designed to help assist residents with cleaning up discarded, unusable tires.
Tire Amnesty Day is an initiative of the WV DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) through their Pollution Prevention and Open Dump Program (PPOD).
Since its inception in 2005, REAP has strived to rid the state of unwanted litter through various clean up opportunities held by staffers and volunteers alike.
Deemed as a powerful force in the fight against illegal dumping and littering, REAP helps to empower citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing assistance in cleanup efforts.
Through their PPOD, the organization utilizes landfill fees to rid illegal dump sites of debris, as well as a means to gather evidence to prosecute those who unlawfully discard their trash.
According to the WV DEP, with assistance from volunteers, solid waste authorities and county commissions, PPOD has been able to reclaim tens of thousands of acres of land throughout the state.
For more information on Taylor County’s Tire Amnesty Day, please call the Taylor County Solid Waste Authority at 304-265-5691.