GET ANSWERS: Recycling Old Auto Tires

5:54 PM, Jun 20, 2011   |    comments
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If you've got some old tires lying around in your yard, you may be wondering the best way to recycle them.

Sandra Beaven wrote to 13WMAZ asking, "Is there a place in the Middle Georgia area to take old auto tires?"

One Central Georgia business says recycling the old rubber is their forte'.

At Quality Tire Recycling in Jackson, cleaning up tires is never a small load.

"We average about 3.6 million a year," says the plant's General Manager, Doug Bernhardt.

Bernhardt says they take the rubber from all over, and sizes range from big tractors to golf cart wheels.

"All the tires are unloaded, they're moved to the conveyor and they go through a process of different shredding operations; there's three shredders in our particular system," he says.

They're broken down to inch-size pieces.

The company has contracts to collect tires from most of the landfills in Central Georgia.

Bernhardt says, you can drop off your tires at their site or they can come to you and take the wheels of your hands.

He says they've also got trailers full of tires parked at several Central Georgia landfills, one of them Macon's.

Shawn Fritz, Interim Public Works Director, says at Macon's landfill, people who live in the city can drop off their first 500 pounds of tires for free.

That's about 25 regular car tires.

"The citizen will bring the tires to the landfill, go across the scale at the scale house, and get weighed. Then take them down, approximately a mile down the road to the semi that stores those tires, and we take them off from there," says Fritz.

And eventually, they're back at Quality Tire Recycling to be made into things like mulch and fuel used at some power plants and paper mills.

Quality Tire Recycling charges a dollar per tire if you're dropping it off, and around 2 dollars for each if they pick it up.

If you're getting rid of the rubber in bulk, both the plant and Macon Public Works charge by the ton, which Bernhardt says is about 100 car tires, or 20 tractor-trailer tires.

Before dropping off old tires at Quality Tire Recycling, you can call them at 770-775-3304.

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