Tire Recycling this Weekend
Tire recycling event being held this weekend
Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013, at 10:01 AM
By: Tulsa Business and Legal News
The Metropolitan Environmental Trust, along with RTR Environmental, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and Tulsa Community College, will collect old tires for recycling on Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the west parking lot of TCC’s Northeast Campus located at 3727 East Apache St. in Tulsa.
“This is the first opportunity in over 10 year for citizens to recycle tires for free in the Tulsa area,” said Annie Tyndall, creative media director for the M.e.t. The last event was held on Nov. 15, 2002 as an America Recycles Day event.
Collection events such as this are important to help people dispose of unwanted waste properly as well as addressing health concerns, she said.
“Tires collect stagnant, tepid water which is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said Tyndall, who explained that this could in turn increase the spread of West Nile Virus and other mosquito borne diseases.
Mike Limas, TCC’s director of academic and campus services, said, “TCC has a successful history of partnering with the M.e.t. on environmental events such as the annual EcoFest, also held at TCC’s Northeast Campus each spring. This is part of TCC’s commitment and engagement with the community on important issues.”
David Riley of RTR Environmental is responsible for the collection of tires.
“Most of the tires we receive will produce tire derived fuel for the concrete industry,” he said. Other uses for recycled tires include sport surfaces such as the kind used in all Tulsa high school stadiums.
This event is for residents of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Coweta, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Tulsa County, and the City of Tulsa. Unacceptable items include tires with rims, commercial tires, industrial tires, tractor tires, or dealer tires. Up to 10 tires per person will be accepted. We ask residents to stay in their cars when they pull through the lanes directed by volunteers.
The M.e.t. is a Tulsa-based non-profit that operates 12 drop-off recycling centers. They also conduct special collection events at Expo Square.