County offers tire buy-back program


MORAINE — Montgomery County Environmental Services will hold its fifth Tire Buyback event on Sunday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents can earn $2 for every scrap/used tire they bring, up to a maximum of 10 tires per vehicle.

Tires will be accepted at the

Montgomery County Solid Waste District Transfer and Recycling Facility located at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine.

Scrap tires can create health and safety hazards, pollute the environment, and become neighborhood eyesores if they are not properly stored or discarded. Tire fires may also release noxious chemicals and cause air pollution.

“Illegal dumpsites are an eyesore, a nuisance, and a breeding ground for pests that can carry disease,” said Montgomery County Commission President Dan Foley. “Our Tire Buyback offers an incentive for citizens to clean up dump sites, beautify their neighborhoods, and protect public health. This is a win-win for local jurisdictions, which are normally stuck footing the bill for cleaning up scrap tires and illegal dumpsites.”

All tires collected at the event will be shredded and recycled, and then used to make playground mulch, landfill liner and other materials.

This event is open to all Montgomery County residents, and identification will be required to confirm residency. Participants will be paid $2 per tire in cash, up to a maximum of 10 tires per vehicle. Only passenger vehicle tires will be accepted – no farm tires, tractor tires or oversized tires. (Please note that hauling more than 10 tires at a time without an appropriate state registration is a felony.)

In 2016, Montgomery County collected 13,320 tires, weighing approximately 160 tons. More than 1,300 vehicles passed through the event.

Since 2013, the Solid Waste District has collected more than 63,300 tires during the Tire Buyback, which helps to prevent scraps tires from polluting waterways, abandoned properties, and alleyways.

The 2013 Montgomery County Tire Buyback was recognized for its innovation and community impact with a Gold Excellence Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and a 2014 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). Municipalities across the country have modeled their tire buyback programs after the Montgomery County, Ohio Tire Buyback Event.

Staff report

Reach Montgomery County Environmental Services at (937) 781-2688.