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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2004

Governor Blagojevich announces record number of used tire collection opportunities in 2004
New schedule includes 32 counties, up from 15 last year Waste tires can be used as fuel, landscape mulch, automotive products

SPRINGFIELD—Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today the state will team up with various county health departments and local governments to hold a record number of countywide used tire collections in 2004.  The increased number of opportunities to collect used tires will help to eliminate environmental and health hazards and recycle and reuse the tires in a variety of products and for fuel. 
                       
“Abandoned used tires can hide mosquitoes that help spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, and also pose a fire hazard. That’s why it is important to offer even more used tire collections for citizens around the state,” Governor Blagojevich said.
 
In partnership with units of local government, primarily county health departments, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled 32 countywide used tire collections throughout the state this year, beginning this week on April 16 and 17 in Macomb, more than double the number held last year. 
 
“Over the past 14 years, the Illinois EPA has cosponsored 376 countywide collections that have resulted in the proper disposal or recycling of 51,000 tons of used tires, the equivalent of more than four million tires, and we are pleased to be able to offer an increased number of collections this year,” said Director Cipriano. 
The Illinois EPA has been conducting countywide used tire collections since 1990. Last year there were 15 collections in which nearly 4,000 citizens brought more than 300,000 used tires to the collections. The collections are paid for with funds generated from the tire user fee assessed on retail customers.
 
Used tires that are collected from these events are converted into tire-derived fuel, which is burned for energy recovery, or they are recycled into various materials including, playground flooring, horse arena flooring, rubber landscape mulch, and crumb rubber for use on athletic fields, running tracks.  They are also used in the manufacture of various rubber products for the automotive and home improvement industries.
Counties that wish to host a collection provide the facility, advertising and volunteers for the event while the Illinois EPA provides the used tire removal contractor and funding for all used tire transportation from the collection site to reprocessing facilities.
 
Under the Environmental Protection Act, the Illinois EPA is authorized to collect for removal up to 1,000 used tires from an individual’s property at no cost to the property owner, provided the property owner signs a Consensual Removal Agreement agreeing not to accumulate any more used tires.  However, these collections are for individuals only. Businesses that generate used tires, including tire retailers, trucking companies, salvage yards, are not eligible to participate in these collections. 
 
A copy of the Consensual Removal Agreement and the 2004 Countywide Used Tire Collection schedule is available on the Illinois EPA’s web site at http://www.epa.state.il.us/land/tires/index.html.
The schedule of counties where collections will be held this year is attached. The specific location and dates of some of the latter events will be announced later.
 
Citizens are also urged to report abandoned tires or illegal tire-dumping activity through Project TREAD (Tire Reduction Education and Disposal) by calling one of the Agency’s regional office contacts listed on the web site.
 

ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

2004 COUNTYWIDE WASTE TIRE COLLECTION SCHEDULE
 

Dates

County

Cosponsors
Locations
 
April 16-17
8 am-3 pm

McDonough

McDonough Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
IDOT Maintenance Yard,
2850 E. Jackson, Macomb
April 23-24
8 am-5 pm/7 am- 3 pm

Bond

Bond Co. Health Dept.
Old Greenville Jr. High School,
513 E. Beaumont, Greenville
May 14-15
8 am-3 pm

Saline

Egyptian Public & Mental Health Dept.
Harrisburg Landscape Facility,
Small St., Harrisburg
May 21-22
8 am-4 pm/10 am-4 pm

Crawford

Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Management
Robinson Waste Water Treatment Plant, 1000 N. Mitchell Ave., Robinson
May 22
8 am-4 pm

McHenry

McHenry Co. Dept. of Planning & Development
McHenry Co. Fairgrounds, Rte. 47 & Country Club Rd.,  Woodstock
June 5
8 am-3 pm

Fulton

Fulton Co. Health Dept.
Fulton Co. Fairgrounds,
1325 S. Main, Lewiston (tentative)
June 11-12
8 am-4 pm

Stark

Stark Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
Stark Co. Fairgrounds,
Rte. 17, Wyoming
June 12
8 am-3 pm

Mason

Mason Co. Health Dept.
Havana Community High School, McKinley St., Havana
June 25-26
8 am-4 pm

Franklin

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Dept.
Franklin Co. Highway Dept.,
13163 Oddfellow Ln., Benton
June 25-26
8 am-3 pm

Knox

Knox Co. Health Dept.
Knox Co. Fairgrounds,
1392 Knox Hwy. 9, Knoxville
June 26
8 am-3 pm
 

Macon

Macon Co. Solid Waste Management Dept.
Richland Community College,
Intersection of Brush College Rd. & Rea’s Bridge Rd., Decatur
July 23-24

Grundy

Grundy Co. Office of Solid Waste Management
Coal City High School,
655 W. Division St., Coal City
July 24

Piatt

DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Dept.
TBA
July 31

Cumberland

Cumberland Co. Health Dept.
TBA
August 12-13

Wayne

Wayne Co. Health Dept.
TBA
August 13-14

Kendall

Kendall Co. Health & Human Services
TBA
August 20-21

Marshall

Marshall Putnam Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
TBA
August 27-28

Montgomery

Montgomery Co. Coordinated Services
Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds,
Rte. 127, Butler (tentative)
August 27-28

Ogle

Ogle Co Solid Waste Management Dept.
TBA
TBA

Boone

TBA
TBA
TBA

Clinton

Meridian Township
TBA
TBA

Hancock

Hancock Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
TBA
TBA

Iroquois

Ford-Iroquois University of Illinois Extension
TBA
TBA

Jackson

Jackson Co. Health Dept.
TBA
TBA

Jersey

City of Jerseyville
TBA
TBA

Jo Daviess

Jo Daviess Co. Health Dept.
TBA
TBA

Livingston

Livingston Co. Public Health Dept.
TBA
TBA

Logan

Logan Co. Health Dept.
TBA
TBA

McLean

McLean Co. Ecology Action Center
TBA
TBA

Pike/Scott

City of Griggsville/Scott Co. Health Dept.
TBA
TBA

Union

City of Anna
TBA
TBA

Whiteside

Whiteside Co. Hwy. & Public Works Dept.
TBA
 
Collection dates and locations will be posted as they are scheduled.  Listings are subject to change without notice.  For further information contact Tap Hefley at 217/785-8604.


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