Tire amnesty events prove popular

Published 8:03 pm Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Suffolk Clean Community Commission’s recent Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day, held in the Lowe’s parking lot on North Main Street, brought out more than 200 people, despite damp and foggy weather conditions.

Tire amnesty proved to be the most popular attraction of the day, with a total of 864 tires collected, 71 of which were still on the rim and four of which were large tractor tires.

The Suffolk Clean Community Commission, along with members of the Izaak Walton League, Suffolk Master Gardeners, Goodwill Industries, Suffolk Mosquito Control Department, Suffolk Public Works Refuse Division, TFC Recycling and Cintas Shredding, offered their muscle and sweat to the event.

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The event was designed to give residents of the city an opportunity to get rid of recyclable materials that otherwise might have ended up in the regional landfill.

City officials said the numbers for the day were impressive. Goodwill was on-site to collect used electronics, cell phones, appliances, clothing, furniture and other donations, with recyclable donation totals reaching approximately 5,500 pounds, according to Suffolk spokesperson Diana Klink.

Cintas shredded 3,095 pounds of sensitive documents.

TFC Recycling donated a roll-off container that collected 300 pounds of co-mingled items such as glass, newspaper, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and cardboard, Klink stated in an email about the event.

This event was also sponsored by Suffolk’s National Night Out Committee. National Night Out offers communities an opportunity to clean up their neighborhoods and say no to crime.

The next Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day is set for April 13 at Bennett’s Creek Park.

For more information, contact Crystal Boyd, Suffolk litter control coordinator, at 514-7604 or cboyd@suffolkva.us.