Do you have old or unwanted tires or electronics? The Osceola-Lake Conservation District is holding two separate tire and electronic recycling events. The first collection will be on Saturday, July 20, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Recycle of Osceola County, 531 E. Lincoln, Reed City. The second collection will be on Saturday, August 10, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Osceola County Road Commission north facility, 13353 20 Mile Road, Tustin.

 

What can be recycled?

Passenger tires on or off rim will be accepted at no charge. Please limit 10 tires per vehicle. Semi tires are $15 each and tractor tires are $20 each. No tires over four feet tall will be accepted. Tires must be free of debris and water. Tires collected will be processed into drain field aggregate, landscaping mulch, playground cover and crumb rubber.

Office and household electronics will be accepted at no charge. Items with a cord (TV’s, computers, monitors, keyboards, microwaves, phones, stereos, game systems, printers etc.) will be accepted. Units containing Freon and large appliances (refrigerators, washers etc.) will not be accepted. Electronic materials will be disassembled and sorted into recoverable categories ready to be turned back into raw materials needed by manufactures. Recovered materials include plastics that are used to make new covers and cases, metals used in many new products, and recovered cathode ray tube (CRT) glass used to make new products or recover lead.

 

Second annual collection

This is the second year the Osceola-Lake Conservation District is offering these programs. Last year, there was a single collection event held. A total of 1,100 scrap tires and 16,897 pounds of electronic waste were collected. This year we are hoping to serve even more residents by offering the two collection events.

Recycling scrap tires and electronics helps to prevent hazardous pollution, promote environmental health and conserve scarce resources such as precious metals. By reducing pollutants which are in the air, water and soil, scrap tire and electronic recycling can prevent harmful effects on the environment. Recycling also reprocesses resources and energy for later use in generating more products. Reusing some hazardous substances or using them to remanufacture useful products decreases the need for producing more hazardous substances, thus helping to save money and reduce pollutants.

 

Environmental risks

Scrap tires and electronics can pose a significant risk to the environment. Tires and electronics have the ability to be easily recycled. Scrap tires are not good landfill candidates because they tend to float to the surface of the landfill because of trapped methane gases. Additionally, tire piles can pose a fire hazard and if they catch fire, they can impact surface and groundwater. Electronics also pose environmental hazards. 80 to 85 percent of electronic products are disposed of in landfills and can release toxins in the air. Electronics waste represents 2 percent of trash in landfills, but create 70 percent of overall toxic waste. E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in America according to the EPA. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 homes.

 

Mark your calendars

Please mark your calendars and help us make both collections successful. Funding for scrap tire disposal was made possible by a Michigan Department of Environment Quality (MDEQ) Scrap Tire Cleanup Grant. If you have any questions, contact the Osceola-Lake Conservation District at 231-832-2950 or email mark.sweppenheiser@macd.org.

 

Mark Sweppenheiser is the District Manager for Osceola-Lake Conservation District. For more information, contact him at 231-832-2950, mark.sweppenheiser@macd.org, or stop by the Osceola-Lake Conservation District Office at 138 W. Upton, Suite 2, Reed City.