New money, for old waste tyres. That’s one of the ideas behind a tire drop-off pilot program an Augusta Committee approved this week. News 12’s Jorge Lopez is on your side with how you could cash in if the commission signs off on it.
Tyre dumps like this one could be a thing of the past, if the rest of the world take up Augusta’s idea, of paying for your old waste tyres. At the moment tyres a dumped all over the place and it costs local authorities millions of dollars to clean them up. If the people take their old tyres to a designated site they will be paid for the old tyres.
This will be rolled out to the public at first and NOT the tyre retailers.
Buying your old waste tyres? Not bad if you can afford to
I have been writing about the disposal and after care of the old discarded old waste tyres for as long as I can remember?
It has always been a thorny issue and a huge problem for the end user, the tyre retailer. As a tyre retailer I have no problems with the way that we are licensed, and have to effectively, monitor a tyres life from cradle to grave. We have to dispose our waste car tyres as the law states and most of us do that.
However there are always those who flaunt the law, the same as all things in life and these are the guys who dump the old tyres on any piece of waste ground that is available. We have all taken a stroll through our local woodland and beauty spots only to see piles of discarded tyres.
The problem with old waste tyres is that they take hundreds of years to rot back to nature and so cannot be sent to landfill sites. They are not thrown away by the public, because 99% of the
The ones that are removed from the public’s cars are retained and handled by the responsible fitting stations, and are disposed of within the law.
In my own particular area if Halifax in Yorkshire, UK, the local council will allow you to take up to four scrap ones to the local waste facility for no charge, it is a free service. But many drivers just cannot be bothered and we see many just thrown at the side of the road, in some secluded area.
This local authority in the USA has come up with the idea of paying drivers for taking their old waste tyres to them after they have had new tyres fitted. This would only apply to the public and to tyre retailers or garages, but could filter back to them?
What I mean is if the local authority gave the drivers say £1 or $1 for each scrap tyre, then you would open the gates to all sorts of scenarios? As a tyre retailer I could give the customers their old waste tyres back to take them to the council and claim some money back. This would save me the fee of £1 that I have to pay for my old tyre removing? A win, win, situation.
But wait? Why don’t they just give the tyre retailer £1 for all their waste tyres and just cut the public out?
One advantage though is that you get the kids looking for old tyres to take back to the local authority and claim their £1 a tyre, it could clean things up a little, that is if they could take their faces out from their computers and tablets? When I was a kid we used to take “pop” bottles back and exchange them for sweets or ice cream. I am not sure about the kids of today? I don’t even think that their parents would be bothered to take them back to the nearest facility.
To conclude; unfortunately I don’t think this idea will work, I would love to be wrong, but I don’t think so.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.