By Trey Allen
You recognize the brands from the commercials on TV and the cars, trucks and motorcycles you see on the road: BF Goodrich, Goodyear, Yokohama, Pirelli, the list goes on. Unfortunately, we often also see these brands on the tires lying in backyards or in piles behind the playground. These tires are more than just an eyesore. When they’re not disposed of properly, they create a significant and often overlooked environmental and health hazard.
The State of Georgia generates over 9 million used tires a year! State programs and the disposal taxes you pay when you get new tires were designed to curb illegal dumping of tires. But many people find it easier and cheaper to just dump the retired radial in their backyard, on the side of the road, or at some other illegal dumping site.