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Landfill takes in 170 tons of tires during amnesty

May 15, 2001

Landfill takes in 170 tons of tires during amnesty



More than 1,040 households took scrap tires to the Forty West Landfill during the May 5 Scrap Tire Amnesty Day, according to Harvey Hoch, Washington County's recycling coordinator.

In all, 170 tons of tires were taken to the landfill in eight hours of the program, during which Washington County residents could dispose of up to 10 scrap tires for free, he said.

A contractor hauled away the 14 tractor-trailer loads of tires, which are to be shredded and used for civil engineering projects and/or alternative fuel, Hoch said.

The program was sponsored by Washington County and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The last Scrap Tire Amnesty Day held in Washington County was in 1999. During that event the county collected 123 tons from 850 participants, he said.

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This year's tonnage was so much larger, in part, because more of the tires collected were on rims, he said.

- Scott Butki

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