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Record number of used tire collection opportunities in 2004

New schedule includes 32 counties, up from 15 last year

Waste tires can be used as fuel, landscape mulch, automotive products

[APRIL 27, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced April 14 that the state will team up with various county health departments and local governments to conduct a record number of countywide used tire collections in 2004. The increased number of opportunities to collect used tires will help to eliminate environmental and health hazards and will recycle and reuse the tires in a variety of products and for fuel.

"Abandoned used tires can hide mosquitoes that help spread diseases such as West Nile virus and also pose a fire hazard. That's why it is important to offer even more used tire collections for citizens around the state," the governor said.

In partnership with units of local government, primarily county health departments, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled 32 countywide used tire collections throughout the state this year, beginning April 16 and 17 in Macomb, more than double the number available last year.

"Over the past 14 years, the Illinois EPA has co-sponsored 376 countywide collections that have resulted in the proper disposal or recycling of 51,000 tons of used tires, the equivalent of more than 4 million tires, and we are pleased to be able to offer an increased number of collections this year," said agency Director Renee Cipriano.

The agency has been conducting countywide used tire collections since 1990. Last year there were 15 collections in which nearly 4,000 citizens brought more than 300,000 used tires to the collections. The collections are paid for with funds generated from the tire user fee assessed on retail customers.

Used tires that are collected from these events are converted into tire-derived fuel, which is burned for energy recovery, or they are recycled into various materials, including playground flooring, horse arena flooring, rubber landscape mulch and crumb rubber for use on athletic fields and running tracks. Used tires are also used in the manufacture of various rubber products for the automotive and home improvement industries.


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Counties that wish to host a collection provide the facility, advertising and volunteers for the event, while the Illinois EPA provides the used tire removal contractor and funding for all used tire transportation from the collection site to reprocessing facilities.

Under the Environmental Protection Act, the Illinois EPA is authorized to collect for removal up to 1,000 used tires from an individual's property at no cost to the property owner, provided the property owner signs a Consensual Removal Agreement agreeing not to accumulate any more used tires.

However, these collections are for individuals only. Businesses that generate used tires, including tire retailers, trucking companies and salvage yards, are not eligible to participate in these collections.

A copy of the Consensual Removal Agreement and the used tire collection schedule are available at http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/tires/index.html. [To download the Adobe Acrobat reader for the agreement form, click here.]

The schedule of counties where collections will be conducted this year is also listed below. The specific location and dates of some of the events, including a collection in Logan County, will be announced later. Collection dates and locations will be posted by the Illinois EPA as they are scheduled. Listings are subject to change without notice. For further information contact Tap Hefley at (217) 785-8604.

Citizens are also urged to report abandoned tires or illegal tire-dumping activity through Project TREAD, an acronym for tire reduction education and disposal, by calling one of the agency's regional office contacts listed on the Web.

[News release from the governor's office]

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
2004 countywide waste tire collection schedule

Dates County Co-sponsors Locations
April 16-17,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
McDonough McDonough Soil and Water Conservation Dist. IDOT Maintenance Yard
2850 E. Jackson, Macomb
April 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
April 24, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Bond Bond County Health Department Old Greenville Junior High School
513 E. Beaumont, Greenville
May 14-15,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saline Egyptian Public and Mental Health Department Harrisburg Landscape Facility
Small Street, Harrisburg
May 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Crawford Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Management Robinson Waste Water Treatment Plant
1000 N. Mitchell Ave., Robinson
May 22,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
McHenry McHenry County Department of Planning and Development McHenry County Fairgrounds
Route 47 and Country Club Road, Woodstock
June 5,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fulton Fulton County Health Department Fulton County Fairgrounds
1325 S. Main, Lewiston (tentative)
June 11-12,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Stark Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District Stark County Fairgrounds
Route 17, Wyoming
June 12,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mason Mason County Health Department Havana Community High School
McKinley Street, Havana
June 25-26,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Franklin Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department Franklin County Highway Department
13163 Oddfellow Lane, Benton
June 25-26,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Knox Knox County Health Department Knox County Fairgrounds
1392 Knox Highway 9, Knoxville
June 26,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Macon Macon County Solid Waste Management Department Richland Community College
Intersection of Brush College Road and Rea's Bridge Road, Decatur
July 23-24 Grundy Grundy County Office of Solid Waste Management Coal City High School
655 W. Division St., Coal City
July 24 Piatt DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department TBA
July 31 Cumberland Cumberland County Health Department TBA
Aug. 12-13 Wayne Wayne County Health Department TBA
Aug. 13-14 Kendall Kendall County Health and Human Services TBA
Aug. 20-21 Marshall Marshall Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation Dist. TBA
Aug. 27-28 Montgomery Montgomery County Coordinated Services Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Route 127, Butler (tentative)
Aug. 27-28 Ogle Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department TBA
TBA Clinton Meridian Township TBA
TBA Hancock Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation Dist. TBA
TBA Iroquois Ford-Iroquois University of Illinois Extension TBA
TBA Jackson Jackson County Health Department TBA
TBA Jersey City of Jerseyville TBA
TBA Jo Daviess Jo Daviess County Health Department TBA
TBA Livingston Livingston County Public Health Department TBA
TBA Logan Logan County Health Department TBA
TBA McLean McLean County Ecology Action Center TBA
TBA Pike/Scott City of Griggsville/Scott County Health Department TBA
TBA Union City of Anna TBA
TBA Whiteside Whiteside County Highway and Public Works Department TBA

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