ASHEVILLE- It's a chilly Sunday morning and volunteers are not in the comforts of their homes enjoying a much needed day off. Instead, they're heaving tires into a semi trailer. A line of trucks grows, burdened and in some cases over-loaded with vulcanized rubber ready for a new lease on life.
Most of these tires are coming full of water, mud and debris. It's dirty, heavy work but the environmentally faithful persist. We collected 2,455 tires in two days beating our previous record of 853 back in May.
Leicester resident Tommy Williams stepped out of his late model truck to help the volunteers unload his tires. "I bought an old farm back in 2013 and found that the previous owner had collected several piles of tires to hold down his silage. I work through the week and I can't make it out to the County Landfill to dispose of these tires. I'm glad y'all are doing this for the community" said Williams.
Why do we hold these events?
GreenWorks Volunteers locate an average of 1,000 tires from roadsides and rivers each year. Tires left in the river will photodegrade and release heavy metals that harm our fish, wildlife and drinking water. We hold these events to make it more convenient for residents to safely shed these tires from their properties. Not only are we beautifying the region but we're getting rid of mosquito breeding pools and recycling a resource.
The next free tire collection will be May 14th and 15th 2016 in the Sears Asheville Mall parking lot. 10am to 5pm both days. Call (828) 254-1776 with questions.
If you can't make it out to one of our tire recycling events, no problem. The Buncombe County Landfill will accept tires from you Monday through Saturday at 85 Panther Branch Road, Alexander NC. Call their offices for questions: (828) 250-5460