FLINT TWP. — In case you missed it last year, the township will again be offering a free scrap tire collection day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 6, in the parking lot of the township hall, 1490 S. Dye Road.
Funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the clean-up is designed to facilitate the legal disposal of old and used tires. The grant funds are exclusively designated for household and residential scrap tires only. Commercial businesses cannot participate, according to DEQ grant rules.
Used and scrap tires, not properly disposed of, are deemed an environmental and public health threat. They provide a habitat for breeding of mosquitoes, which carry diseases such as the West Nile Virus.
Each household will be allowed to dispose of up to seven tires (or until the collection trailer is full). A picture identification or utility bill as proof of residency must be presented.
Last year, residents brought in 161 tires, according to Belenda Parker, township trustee, who spearheaded the grant application and the tire collection. A semi-trailer was brought into the township hall parking lot to collect and haul away the load.
Most tires collected in the clean-up will be processed into two-inch chips then burned as supplemental fuel to generate electricity and in cement manufacturing. The chips also are used in some areas for landscaping and drain fields.