tire dump cleanup

Images: The Signal Santa Clara Valley

Tire recycling proponents near Neenach, a town close to Los Angeles, hope that their idea of cleaning up stockpiles gains tractions in other parts of Los Angeles County.

Paul Henreid, president of the Neenach / Oso town council, says that the system worked out very well there. He says that the best method to deal with scrap is just to “Put on a pair of gloves and get it done.” That means that citizens get involved in a once-a-year tire recycling program which is based on merely finding discarded tires, collecting and recycling them.

Area around Neenach is rural and remote enough to attract people to dispose of tires. The program is called “We Brake for Tires.” The whole area cleanup was managed by local people motivated, in turn, by the Neenach/OSO Town Council. By means of these efforts, “The interior Antelope Valley between Highway 138 and Lancaster Road from Fairmont 190th to Antelope Acres 93rd St is now tire-free,” Henreid said. “I estimate that in the last year we cleaned up around 300 tires to eliminate the problem – for now.”


The 5th District of Los Angeles County of which the Santa Clarita Valley is apart of and AV Illegal Dumping Task Force, was cleaned up just by the efforts of volunteers.

According to Public Works officials, some ten million end-of-life tires (ELT) are generated annually. When ELT are improperly stored or dumped illegally, they may pose significant public safety and health threat, as well as a threat to the environment. In the aftermath, residents can bear a significant cost.

End of life tires are a good breeding ground for mosquitoes and nesting area for pests. Those mosquitoes can disseminate serious illnesses such as encephalitis. Moreover, end of life tires may catch fire thus releasing toxic smoke. The authorities summon residents to help the environment and to recycle end of life tires.


Photos of the cleanup and of disposed tires for this article were made by Jeff Zimmerman. He also summons people to partake in the cleanup. He says: “Illegal dumping harms ground water and wildlife, breeds pestilence and unwanted disease. Tires and trash are overwhelmingly harmful to the environment.”

Article source: The Signal Santa Clara Valley