Limestone County’s representatives regularly appeal to the local community with requests to stop dumping waste on public roadsides. The preference of this way of dumping over landfill use provided by the Republic Services utterly frustrates them. In addition, the dumping of scrap tires must be carried out at a licensed landfill or sent to a tire recycling plant.

On January 10, during the commission’s work session, District 3 Commissioner Jason Black revealed his plan to ask the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office to examine some of his past cases of tire dumping.

According to Black, after the launch of the Sheriff’s Office’s investigations of the cases, less situations where tires were improperly dumped have been reported. However, he also said that each week his team picks up approximately eight tires. Such items as old appliances and mattresses are often found.

Black says, it is mostly small tire dealers, who practice the improper tire disposal, including dumping, as only few tires out of all that he has observed, were marked with chalk; the white markings indicate that the items have been provided by a dealer.

It is frustrating to Black that tires are not dumped, as clients are now paying a fee of $3 per each new tire for old tires disposal by the majority of tire dealers.

Black said that tire disposal at a landfill or dumping requires dealers to spend $1 for each tire, thus $2 per tire for additional tire removal is left.

Two men, accused of illegitimate scrap tire transportation were detained by the Sheriff’s Office in late spring. It is illegal to transport more than seven scrap tires.

District 1 and District 4 Commissioners, Stanley Hill and Ben Harrison revealed that tire dumping has escalated in their rural districts. Given that there are some out-of-the-way roads, it is not always possible to immediately notice dumping.

According to Harrison, Buzzard Roost and Salem Minor Hill roads in Lester are the main two locations where dumping takes place. The official said that these spots have always been hard to manage, and because of that it is difficult to say if there has been an increase in dumping.

Hill said that people littering roads try to choose a road, which won’t be densely populated. He also encourages people to contact his office whenever they see a polluted place – the litter crew will be sent and will deal with the most polluted spots first.

According to District 2 Commissioner Steve Turner, no issues with tire dumping have been identified at his area, although the situation may change.

Before December, funds from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for collection and recycling of tires at all of the district shops were provided. According to estimates, approximately 115,000 tires have been recycled in five years.

Black has now teamed up with the county’s grant writer to find sponsors for implementation of similar plan. The success of litter removal can be attributed to the purchase of new equipment for cleanup by the commissioners.

The tipping fee has been changed by Republic Services in 2017. This helped to save around $19,000 every month.

Two flat-bed trucks used for hauling litter have been purchased by Turner and Black. According to County Finance Director Emily Ezzell, the remaining money from the tipping fee are invested into county’s solid waste fund. They will be spent on equipment handling waste.

Article: The News Courier