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Weekend event aims to cut down on illegal tire dumping

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - A weekend event hopes to help Quincy residents save money by getting rid of used tires properly.

Delta Tire will be holding a free tire recycling event Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help residents get rid of any used tires they may have. Delta Tire Manager Peter Steinkoenig said the idea for the event actually came from Earth Day and one other local event.

"The city-wide clean up and central services doesn't pick up used tires," Steinkoenig said. "We figured that it's been a long time since they've done something like that. There are probably a lot of tires out there that need to be disposed of."

Steinkoenig said the tires will be taken to be shredded and reused for rubber asphalt in playgrounds, among other things.

Tom Moore with Delta Tire said they hope this event will keep people from disposing of tires illegally.

"Though the EPA has stepped in and done a lot of good things to keep these used tires out of landfills and areas like that, unfortunately we have seen an increase in rural dumping and just stockpiling of used tires because of the inconvenience to dispose of them properly," Moore said.

Moore said the cost of disposing a tire is small, but can add up quickly with multiple tires.

"To properly dispose of a tire through your tire retailer could be anywhere between $1 to $2.50 per tire," Moore said. "For instance, if you have 30 or 40 stockpile used tires, that can add up very quickly."

The event is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Delta Tire on Broadway. You must be a Quincy resident and are asked to turn into the parking lot off of Vermont Street. You are not required to take the tire off the rim. There will be people there for that.
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