Farm tire recycling collection

The agricultural community will once again have an opportunity to recycle their unwanted farm tires through a collection sponsored by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.  The event will be held at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds in Fremont in the north parking lot.  This collection is open to farm owners, operators and residents in the three county area (including Bellevue and Fostoria residents).  ABSOLUTELY NO DEALERS or AGRI-BUSINESSES WILL BE PERMITTED.

Pre-registration is required to participate.  Registration will begin Monday, August 11, at 8:00 a.m. and will end Friday, August 22, at 4:30 p.m.  Prior to calling, know the number of tires by type/size that you would like to recycle.  When the office is contacted, a representative from the District will provide you with a time and date to deliver your tires and confirm the cost based on the quantity and height of tires being recycled.  To determine the size of your tire, please measure the tire from the ground to the top of the tire.  It is important that all participants bring proof of residency (driver’s license) to the collection site.  This will verify your registration and speed the process of generating a receipt for your records.  Pre-register by calling the District’s main office at 419-334-7222 or toll free at 1-888-850-7224.

Tires up to 36” including implement tires, wagon tires, skid loader tires, most front tires and 4-wheeler tires will be accepted at a cost of $1 per tire.  The District will accept farm tires 37” to 60” (most rear tractor & semi tires) at $10 per tire.  Farm tires 61” and larger including large rear tractor tires and all combine tires (regardless of diameter) will also be accepted at $15 per tire.

The tires collected are recycled and used to make tire rings used as construction barrel weights or to hold down plastic covers or tarps.  Recycled tires can also become crumb rubber, a material used in artificial turf on athletic fields.  Additional finished products from tires include asphalt rubber used in road surfaces, tire turf used to make playground surfacing, rubber rock (an aggregate alternative) and tire derived fuel (a source of energy used in power plants).

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