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More than $250,000 in grants provided by a South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is now being used by Bamberg County to advance the region’s waste tire recycling. Used tires can now be recycled by Bamberg’s locals at eight spots for recycling located in the region.

If they dispose no more than five tires annually, they will not be charged for the service. Once the limit of five tires is exceeded, clients will have to pay a fee of $150 for each ton.

The authorization of DHEC’s Waste Tire Recycling Grant Program became possible thanks to the South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991. The grant provides money for waste tire recycling and collection. It also covers expenses for the spots developments and technologies.

Joey Preston, the administrator of the region, explained that the local infrastructure is old-fashioned and the officials are progressively working on its replacement, trying to find economical methods.

This funding allowed Bamberg to buy a new equipment, including roll-off truck, which was delivered on January 10 from West Columbia. Additionally, the county purchased six 30-yard containers. It also helped to improve Convenience and Recycling spot – security fence together with shelters were developed.

According to Bill Johnson, Bamberg’s Operating Director, previous roll-off truck seemed to have defects. The grant helped to fund fully the good quality machinery, and this could enable the region to carry out tire recycling without hiring a hauler.

Moreover, it will become possible to use this vehicle in cases of emergency. Additionally, it will help the region fight dependency on independent recyclers.

There was a demand for this technology in The Solid Waste and Public Works Departments – the employees could not do their jobs without good quality machinery, and DHEC has provided valuable support, for which the region is now grateful.

Member of the regional council, Larry Haynes, provided assistance to Bamberg’s staff with the usage of the technology, because he has profound understanding of the corporate trucking segment, according to T&D.

He also explained that it was crucial for locals to understand how important it is to process tires instead of throwing them away somewhere in the forest or just leaving them on the roadside. The new technology, which the county was lacking all this time, will ensure that the tires will be discarded properly.

In May, it was announced by SCDHEC that the funding would become available.

Article: T&D