Montgomery County Tire Buyback Program Recognized for Innovation, Community Service

Montgomery County Environmental Services is pleased to announce that the 2013 Montgomery County Tire Buyback Event has been recognized for its community impact and innovation by The National Association of Counties (NACo) and The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).

The 2013 Montgomery County Tire Buyback has received the 2014 NACo Achievement Award and the SWANA Gold Excellence Award.

 

Scrap tires can create health and safety hazards, pollute the environment and become neighborhood eyesores if they are not properly stored or discarded.  In 2009, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County estimated that up to 17,000 tires were sitting in illegal dump sites or polluting local waterways.

 

The Tire Buyback encouraged citizens to “cash in” used or scrap tires for $2 each, up to a maximum of 10 tires per vehicle. The event was intended to promote recycling, litter prevention and community beautification by encouraging residents to recycle used tires and clean up illegal dump sites in their communities.

 

Montgomery County collected more than 15,000 tires, weighing 180 tons. Approximately 1,600 cars passed through the event. All tires collected at the event were shredded and recycled, and then used to make playground mulch, landfill liner and other recycled-content products.

 

After the buyback, the Solid Waste District saw a 38 percent reduction in scrap tires processing receipts, and the City of Dayton saw a 58 percent reduction in monthly scrap tire collection costs.

 

About the Awards

The 2014 NACo Achievement Award recognizes innovative programs that improve public service in their respective communities.

 

The SWANA Gold Excellence Award recognizes outstanding solid waste programs that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Winning programs must demonstrate fiscal and environmental responsibility, as well as compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.

 

About Montgomery County Environmental Services

Montgomery County Environmental Services provides solid waste, recycling, drinking water, and water reclamation services to the citizens of Montgomery County. The department also offers educational outreach to local schools, communities, and businesses that want to learn more about conservation and sustainability in the Miami Valley region.

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