Liberty Tire Recycling near Minerva will acquire a large-scale shredder to cut up tires from large vehicles such as tractors and bulldozers.
With intentions of expanding into big-tire recycling, Liberty Tire Recycling plans to bring in a large-scale shredder to handle tires from agricultural and commercial vehicles.
Liberty Tire Recycling, located outside Minerva at 14826 Lincoln St. SE, has been disposing of these large tires at its monofill.
To launch the project, Liberty Tire Recycling will purchase a large-scale tire shredder from SSI Shredding Systems of Wilsonville, Ore., which is near Portland.
“They are taking larger tires and chopping them up into various sizes,” said David Held, executive director of Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Solid Waste Management District. “This is one of the few in Ohio that can handle these tires. Now their plan is to convert those tires into a useable product. This will be a state-of-the-art shredding system for tires of all sizes.”
Officials with Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling were not available for comment. Tires that will be shredded will be from vehicles such as tractors, bulldozers and tractor-trailers.
Liberty Tire Recycling expects to take in 4,800 tons of large-scale tires annually. This is equivalent to 1 million passenger vehicle tires, according to Held.
Some of these large-size tires are expected to come from neighboring states.
The small pieces of tires can be used as fill material in drainage systems, septic systems and landfill leachate layers, according to Held.
Stark County Regional Planning Commission recently gave conditional approval to construction plans for the facility.
“It probably will be delayed until spring,” William McCullough, the engineer who designed the project, said. “The new building is to cover their conveyor and shredding equipment.”
To help secure funding, Liberty Tire Recycling used a $350,000 Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant. The tri-county landfill district helped obtain the grant in behalf of Liberty Tire Recycling.
Total cost for the project is expected to exceed $900,000.
“They are doing a good job there,” township Trustee James Kiko said. “We haven’t had issues with them. So we don’t have a problem with them expanding.”