Program Cleans Up Abandoned Tires in Virginia

June 21, 2010

Piles of abandoned tires across Virginia are disappearing as a long-running effort to clean them up continues.

Since 1993, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has cleaned up more than 20 million tires. Waste Tire Management Program manager Allan Lassiter says most of the largest tire piles have been cleaned up.

But an estimated two million tires remain at about 130 sites.

Lassiter says the goal is to clean up the remaining tire piles and ensure that no new ones emerge.

Tire piles are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and a fire hazard.

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