NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. – Thanks to a partnership between the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) and the Hancock County Recycling Center, area residents won’t have to wait for a one-day event to get rid of unwanted tires.
Hancock County residents will be able to bring those tires to the recycling center at 832 Gas Valley Road, near Oak Glen High School outside of New Cumberland, as part of a pilot project that kicked off today.
This ongoing tire collection is a first for the DEP. At this time, it is open only to Hancock County residents. Tires will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The recycling center is closed on Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays.
Previously, residents had to wait for scheduled single-day tire collection events, which REAP hosts in each of the state’s 55 counties. However, many tire collection events were passing without residents knowing about them. The result was unwanted tires littering the landscape and no recycling options. Because this tire collection is ongoing, the hope is that more tires will be collected and kept out of landfills and streams.
There are limitations to the tire collection. Those who bring tires to the recycling center will have to show proof of residency. Only car, truck, motorcycle and lawn tractor tires will be accepted. Tractor trailer tires will not be taken. Only 10 tires can be donated at a time and rims must be removed. Businesses are also not permitted to drop off unwanted tires.
Residents with more than 10 tires that need disposed of are asked to call the REAP Pollution Prevention and Open Dumps Program at 1-800-322-5530.
For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP, West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.