May 27, 2013

Tire collection continues in Cass County

From Staff Reports

— The Cass County Solid Waste Management District Board has voted to continue the tire collection effort that began in mid-April. During its meeting earlier this week, the board decided to make a few changes in the program.

Citing declining revenues in the first quarter and a significant drop in donations, Bob Ehle Jr., director of the district, said the board voted unanimously to charge a fee for recycling tires. The board also voted to eliminate the limit of tires people can bring in, with tractor tires as an exception.

Beginning in June, residents will be able to bring in the first 10 car or small truck tires for free. Each tire after that will be $2. Semi tires will be $5 each, and tractor tires will be $15 each for the first four, and $30 for each additional tractor tire, with a limit of 10.

Board President Jim Sailors said, “... while the fee won’t cover all of our costs, it will allow the program to continue. Having this available five days a week is a major plus for everyone, including the farmers.”

To date, Ehle said, they have collected well over 1,000 tires.

To make an appointment to recycle tires, contact the Cass County Solid Waste Management District office at 574-732-9253.

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