More than 223,460 pounds of tires were brought in for the annual Tire Recycling Day held on September 23, 2010. The Darke County Solid Waste District accepted up to 50 passenger tires from each Darke County address free of charge. Those residents and farmers with semi and tractor tires paid a small fee for the disposal. This fee was a lower rate than is normally charged by Rumpke.
Besides being an eye-sore and nuisance to rural families to rural families who find them thrown out in side-ditches, fields and wooded areas, old tires make the perfect breeding ground for those pesky mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as the West Nile Virus, Lascrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow Fever.
So, what happened to all of those tires brought into Rumpke? Darke County’s tires were shipped to Rumpke’s Tire Facility in New Miami, Ohio. During the busiest days 35-65 tons of tires will be transported to the facility for processing. Upon entering the facility, the tires are weighed to determine the tipping fee. Then the tires are stacked until ready for processing. The tire recycling process is as follows:
- Tires are loaded into a rough cut machine to break the tires down to approximately 8 to 10 inches wide by 24 inches long. These pieces are then fed into the next shredder via a conveyor
- The second shredder cuts the tires into smaller pieces. This shredder also features an internal screening mechanism that allows any piece of tire smaller than 4″ to be discharged into a pile, while larger pieces repeat the cutting process until they are small enough for discharge.
- Currently, Rumpke Recycling is reusing the resulting material to complete landfill construction.
The effort to hold a collection of this caliber is a huge undertaking for the Darke County Solid Waste District, who currently has a staff of 1½. Teaming with the district to make this event a success were: Judge Julie Monnin, Jay Pearson and Pat Line, Darke County Municipal Court; James Surber, Darke County Engineer; Shane Coby, Darke County Highway Garage Superintendent; Max Guillozet, Darke County Highway Garage Asst. Superintendent; Darke County Commissioners, Diane Delaplane, Terry Haworth, and Michael Rhoades. An extra special Thank you goes to those volunteers and employees who were on site at the collection and helped make the Tire Day go so smoothly: Dave Acker, Darke County Farm, Dave Weaver, Adam Puthoff, Jim Bubmeyer, and Tom Bridenbaugh, Darke County Highway Garage; Corrie Holthaus, Darke County Health Dept.; Chris Moore and Michelle Paul, Rumpke; Dave and Karen Niley, Tom and Sue Hans; James Schaar; Pete Trocano; Sharon Fourman; Claude Fenstermaker, Adams Twp. Trustee; and the Darke County Municipal Court Community Service Program workers.