“We were pleased to co-sponsor with the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission and Atlanta Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd a free business scrap tire collection at our Atlanta tire recycling facility on Huber Street. Our mission is to assist the overall crackdown on scrap tire dumping within the Atlanta city limits,” said Dewey Grantham Jr., regional vice president of Liberty Tire Recycling.
The business amnesty event took place last Saturday. Each participating business located within the city of Atlanta could discard up to 200 tires at no charge. Only car tires and light duty truck tires were accepted— and trucks of various sizes filled with old tires rolled into Liberty Tire starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into the early afternoon. Businesses that participated included automotive shops and new and used tire dealers. Previously, amnesty events have been for households and neighborhoods only.
“We agree with Council member Sheperd, the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission and other city leaders that illegal tire dumping is a major problem in Atlanta. Discarded old tires are a disgraceful blight and can be a major contributor to health issues,” Grantham says.
Liberty Tire, with a location in Atlanta and a network of 19 other collection and processing facilities around the country, is the nation’s premier recycling company.
One of its publications states, “By collecting and recycling about one-third of the nation’s scrap tire production, Liberty Tire saves more than 100 million tires from the waste stream every year.” It also “shreds and grinds more than 1 million tons of scrap tires annually, yielding 1.5 billion pounds of recycled rubber in various sizes for use as fuel or to incorporate into advanced rubber-based products such as artificial sports fields and tracks, rubber mulch, road asphalt, railroad ties and auto parts.”