Nearly 300 tires were collected from the woods located off of Aultman Road in Green.
A popular saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" doesn’t apply here.
The City of Green recently had the Summit County Sherriff deputies bring a workforce comprised of individuals who have committed minor offenses to clean up tires along Aultman Road.
City officials had spotted the tires and thought there were about 60.
The workforce, however, removed 297 tires that had been illegally dumped at the edge of the woods along the roadway. There are no houses or businesses close to the area where the tires were found.
"We believe it was a few large dumps, not individuals dumping a few over time, because the tires were not grown over,” Valerie Wolford, Communications Coordinator for the city wrote in an email.
The illegal dumping of the almost 300 tires does come at a cost to the city, but by using the services of the litter crew that cost was significantly less as the labor cost was free.
The city of Green invested $1,710 in the pick-up efforts. The costs incurred were for the supervision by the deputies ($280) and the van transportation. Another $1,430 was paid for the city service workers to load tires on trucks and deliver them to ReWorks in Stow.
The city was not charged a disposal fee from ReWorks.
If they had not used the crew overseen by the deputies it would have been closer to $3,000.
Beside the illegal aspects of the tires being dumped along the road there are health issues to tires laying around. According to the Environmental Protection Agency website disease carrying pests such as rodents make their home in a tires. Mosquitoes can also breed in the stagnant water that collects inside tires. Several varieties of mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases, including encephalitis and dengue fever.
There are fines for the illegal littering and dumping of items as well as criminal charges. It is a misdemeanor of the third degree.
The sheriff’s department does not currently have any leads regarding the incident.
Wolford wrote, "If anyone has any information to please contact the Summit County Sheriff Department at 330-643-2181.”
The proper way to dispose of tires is to take them to ReWorks located at 1201 Graham Road in Stow. There is a charge of $1 for each tire.
For more information and hours visit the website at www.summitreworks.com.
The City of Green offers a Household Hazardous Waste Recycling day every summer in the month of June. The date for this event for Green residents only has not be set for 2014.