Houston County Works on Tire Nuisance

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

So what happens to tires when you're done using them?

Houston County Asst. Engineer Barkley Kirkland says, "There are a lot of tire sites out there that need to be cleaned up; mosquitoes, snakes, it's just not good to have them out there."

For some people, they take the clean-up into their own hands; throwing them in dumpsters or burning them.

However, that's when problems arise.

Houston Co. EMA Director Clark Matthews said, "It's against the law to burn them because it pollutes the environment. It's an irritant to your neighbors, but especially to the people that have respiratory problems."

Matthews says Monday is a prime example of what damage can be done from burning tires.

He says late Monday, a tire fire spread one to 200 feet in the Horseshoe Loop area in Dothan.

"They put out a lot of smoke and oil. As a tire burns, it will put out oil and it will make its way to a waterway; that will hurt the environment, not only on the land, but especially in waterways," Matthews explains.

City workers say it's a misconception that people can dump their spare tires in the landfill. Or throw them in the dumpster waiting for the sanitary department to pick them up.

"A lot of people just take them and throw them away and save that dollar or two. It adds up later on for somebody else to clean up," Barkley added.

Officials say tire shops are the place to stop to dispose of those unwanted treads.

It will cost you anywhere from $1 to $2 dollars, and they will be properly taken off your hands.

"I strongly suggest to everybody that they go through that process because if we find you dumping tires, it's a serious offense," Matthews concluded.

Matthews says many people are also illegally dumping tires on people's property.

Violators burning tires could face up to a $25,000 dollar fine per violation, per day.

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