Thousands of tires roll in at Walla Walla-area collections

Three events around the county hauled in 3,548 tires, a local official said.

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Tires collected in Waitsburg add to the haul of more than 3,500 picked up at county events.

WALLA WALLA -- Local residents wheeled in more than 3,500 old tires to collection events last month, organizers have reported.

Funded by a state Department of Ecology grant, the collections in Walla Walla, Burbank and Waitsburg harvested a total of 3,548 tires, said Tom Glover, Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency director.

The grant money came from a $1 fee charged on all new tires sold in Washington state. Funding has already been secured for two more tire collections in the county next spring, Glover said.

Residents were able to dispose of up to 10 tires per household, but larger numbers of tires were allowed where property owners were making a sincere effort to reduce or eliminate piles of tires on their property. All collected tires were taken to Portland and shredded by Tire Disposal and Recycling Inc. for use in new products.

The events relied on hard-working volunteers, who generously put in a combined total of 138.5 hours for all three events, Glover said in a release. Helpers included members of Walla Walla Community College local Phi Beta Lambda Chapter, Blue Mountain Action Council's Commitment to Community, Walla Walla High School students, joint development agency employees and families and city and county employees.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at next spring's collection events can call 524-4717 or 524-4626.

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