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Type of Project

Number of Projects

Tires (PTE) Removed

Cleanup Cost

Tire Amnesty

39

271,696

$530,403

Right-of-Way

10

8,871

$24,682

Tire Dump

11

55,009

$177,529

Total

60

335,576

$732,614

Figure 2. Projects Completed Since 2015

Figure 1. Since the program began in 2015, 46 counties, combined
governments and solid waste management districts have
participated. There have also been 22 cities that have taken part
in the program. (Totals include both completed projects and those
in progress.)
new reimbursement program was announced, the county knew that
number would be higher. According to Connie Hobbs, chair of the
Baker County Board of Commissioners, the county generates a large
number of scrap tires because its primary industry is agriculture. The
small, rural county also does not have its own landfill. These issues,
combined with a lack of financial resources, meant that the county
was not in a position to properly manage its scrap tires. The county
applied to the STAR program to hold another scrap tire amnesty event
and was accepted. During the five-day event in 2017, the county collected 256 tons of tires.
Hobbs said she hopes that the program will continue. "Despite the
large volume of tires collected, we recognize there is still significant
work to be done," she said.
In addition to dump sites and scrap tire amnesty days, local governments can also apply for funding to remove scrap tires from roadsides.
In July 2017, Peach County applied to the program for a right-of-way
cleanup. Paul Schwindler, director of Peach County's Department
of Engineering Services, said his group has identified a major tire
dumping problem along their more isolated, rural roadways over the
past several years. In the past, he said the central Georgia county
was limited in its ability to remove these tires. However, in 2018 they
were able to pick up and properly manage 100 percent of the scrap
tires dumped along county right-of-ways.

"The [STAR] program helped Peach County eliminate hazards
posed by illegally dumped scrap tires and protect our soil, air and
water resources," said Schwindler.
Removing the tires minimized the threats of vector borne diseases,
breeding sites for mosquitos, and the potential of fire from a large
dump site that contained more than 400 tires, he added. The county
considered the program so successful that Schwindler is planning to apply for a second right-of-way project and to hold a
scrap tire amnesty event. "We hope that the amnesty program
will help minimize the problem of tires illegally dumped on our
rights-of-ways," he said.
Another local government that has taken advantage of the program is Gilmer County. Public Works Director Jim Smith has a unique
take on the program saying, "In my view, the program is more of a
three-way partnership between the private citizen, Gilmer County
and EPD that makes it easier for the citizen to do the right thing and
dispose of the scrap tires in the proper way."
EPD's Lena Chambless, whose Recovered Materials Unit oversees the
STAR program, said it is the division's intent to continue to expand the
program and increase the number of tire cleanups throughout the state.
"One thing I've learned in my time at EPD is that a tire dump can
occur anywhere," she said. "From abandoned storefronts to natural
and agricultural areas, we still have a lot of work to do. There are a
number of counties that have not yet participated in the STAR program
and I hope to change that."
EPD encourages eligible applicants to submit project proposals
for amnesty days, right-of-way cleanups and illegal scrap tire dump
site cleanups.
"If a local government is interested in the program but is not sure
where to begin, just give us a call," added Chambless. "We can help
guide you through the process or set to rest any reservations you may
have. If you are not sure what type of project would best suit your
community's needs, we can help with that as well."
Since the start of the STAR program in 2015, 60 local governments
have completed 67 projects. These projects resulted in the recycling
of 4,778 tons of scrap tires or 335,576 passenger tire equivalents (a
passenger tire equivalent, PTE, is a conversion factor where one PTE
is approximately the average weight of a passenger or light truck tire,
and one semi-truck tire equals approximately five PTEs). The projects
ranged in cost from $800 to $79,669, with EPD reimbursing a total of
$732,614 to local governments statewide.
More projects are in the pipeline for 2019. EPD has agreements
with 28 local governments to clean up an estimated 115,450 scrap
tires this year (see Figure 1 for a map of completed and in-progress
projects and Figure 2 for a breakdown of completed projects by type).
For more information on funding guidelines and how to apply, please
visit epd.georgia.gov/scrap-tires or call EPD at 404-362-2537. ■
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Spring 2019

President’s Message
Director's Desk
Ethics on the Edge
Avoid Property Tax Increases by Managing Revenues
EPD’s STAR Program Keeps Georgia Counties and Rights-of-Ways Clean
2019 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
College Underserved Community Partnership Program
Hurricane Michael: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Working with Hard-to-Count Communities
Reduce the Friction with a County-Wide Community Development System
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover2
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Director's Desk
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Ethics on the Edge
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Avoid Property Tax Increases by Managing Revenues
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - EPD’s STAR Program Keeps Georgia Counties and Rights-of-Ways Clean
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 2019 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - College Underserved Community Partnership Program
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Hurricane Michael: Looking Back, Looking Forward
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