The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will host its fifth Scrap Tire Drop-off Day Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
DNREC’s previous four drop-off day events resulted in the collection of nearly 80 tons or 6,400 scrap tires preventing them from ending up in unsightly scrap tire piles or occupying space in a landfill. The scrap tire drop-off offers Delawareans the opportunity to recycle scrap tires free of charge and to help reduce the environmental and health hazards associated with scrap tires in our communities.
Delaware’s Scrap Tire Management Program was created to eliminate large, unsightly scrap tire piles that can spawn dangerous fires that produce toxic smoke and pollute ground water from oily liquid runoff resulting from melted tires. In addition, scrap tire piles provide the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus.
Delaware residents are invited to drop up to 10 passenger car or light duty truck tires per household during this event. Large truck or farm equipment tires, tires on rims, or bicycle tires will not be accepted. Each person dropping off tires should be prepared to provide proof of Delaware residency by showing a Delaware driver’s license or utility bill. Residents arriving for the scrap tire drop-off event should enter the main gate of the Delaware State Fairgrounds from Route 13 and follow the posted signs.
The Delaware Scrap Tire Cleanup Program, which was enacted on January 1, 2007, is funded by a state fee of $2 per tire on the sale of new tires. The fee is diverted to the Scrap Tire Management Fund, a matching fund created to clean up existing scrap tire piles throughout the state.
For more information on the Scrap Tire Management Program and scrap tire drop-off events, visit DNREC’s website, http://www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/ScrapTire.aspx">www.awm.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/ScrapTire.aspx, or contact Heather Pellrin of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Branch at 302-739-9403.