If you have more than 500 and less than 10,000 illegal scrap tires on your property, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources can help. Through its Tire Dump Round-Up program, the department is offering qualified property owners the opportunity to have scrap tires cleaned up free of charge. The program is funded by the state’s 50-cent-per-tire scrap fee paid when new tires are purchased in Missouri. Other financial incentive programs are available to those who do not qualify for this program.
Program criteria for private property owners:
• The owner is required to sign an access agreement stating that if a property owner violates the solid waste management law in the future the department can proceed with assessing penalties and incident cost recovery.
• Active businesses and property owners who have participated in prior cleanup initiatives are not eligible.
The department will continue to work with Solid Waste Districts and not-for-profit citizens groups in cleaning up dumps with less than 500 tires.
Scrap tire dumps pose serious threats to human health and the environment. Insects and rodents that grow and breed in these dumps can transmit diseases, such as West Nile Virus. Tire dump fires can release hazardous substances into the air, land and water.
Recycled scrap tires can provide several beneficial uses, including rubberized asphalt, playgrounds, running tracks and walking trails.
For more information or to sign up, contact the Solid Waste Management Program’s Scrap Tire Unit at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5401 or visit us at Tire Dump Round-Up.
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