Tire removal procedures are now officially over in the Metropolitan area of East St. Louis, according to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director, Alec Messina.

According to the Illinois EPA, the procedures that involved used tire removal from abandoned and public lands were initiated as one of the methods to help local authorities in provision and maintenance of a safe and clean environment.

Messina says that the success of the initiative is due to well-organized actions undertaken by local partners of the authorities. It was essential to carry out the collection procedures to get rid of the dangers that local communities were facing because of accumulation of used tires.

More than 288 tons, or almost 23,000 tires, were collected in St. Clair County.

A tire collection event, which was held at an Illinois Department of Transportation property in Lebanon was funded by the St. Clair County Health Department. Collected tires were brought there by Monroe County Road District and Monroe County Highway Department.

To help the city sorting waste tires, a collection point was installed in East St. Louis. According to the Illinois EPA reports, East St. Louis collected 162.76 tons of used tires.

32 government entities took part in the St. Clair County Collection, including Caseyville, Caseyville Township, Belleville, Cahokia, Fairmont City, Caseyville, Caseyville Township, New Athens Township, Centreville, Centreville Township, Dupo, Columbia, Englemann Township, Fairview Heights and many others.

The management of tire collection points was assisted by units of local government. The units empower the Illinois EPA to carry out collection and proper disposal of the tires that have been removed from public properties ranging from public parks to roadsides and abandoned lands.

The proper disposal of used tires takes place at an official, commercial used tire recycling plant in Illinois and follows the Used Tire Program. The retreads tires or recycles them into a number of products and applications. Normally, tires are used for energy recovery when they are recycled into tire-derived fuel (large shreds) and are incinerated in power plants, cement kilns and industrial boilers. At the same time, more precious material, like used truck tire tread, is used to produce crumb rubber and fine rubber powder. These materials are further used in rubber industries and consumer goods production.

The funding of the Illinois EPA’s Used Tire Program comes from a $2.50 per tire fee, which is paid by clients when they buy tires at retail.

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