Across Richmond County, you may notice tires sitting on the side of the street. It's a sight that Tammy Tanksley has seen too much of in her neighborhood.
"We got to do something. They got to go. We can't just have tires on the side of the road," Tanksley says.
In fact, Tanksley has a tire in front of her house as well. She says she put it there two weeks ago because she thought the garbage truck would take it, but the tire was never picked up. We told her that's because of some changes to the trash service.
"Yeah, I kind of figured that today because I had some other items out there and they picked up everything except for that tire," Tanksley says.
And right down the street, Jeremy Dunn also had a tire sitting in his front yard for weeks.
"Because usually we put out
the tires, as long as they don't have rims, they pick them up," he says.
But when Augusta's trash service changed a few months ago, the garbage trucks stopped collecting tires during trash pickup. Now, Richmond County residents have to find a place to recycle their tires.
While we were in the Apple Valley community, we found an empty lot where people are dumping old tires, and one person we spoke with says it's becoming a major problem in the community.
"It's pretty obvious when I walk the neighborhood, I use it as my exercise opportunity. I walk all the streets of the neighborhood, and there are tires all over the place," Leroy Dunbar says.
And now, some people want to know why the city didn't let them know about the changes.
"We should have at least gotten a memo, so we know what to put out and what not to," Tanksley says.
"Yeah, that would have been great because all these people around here with tires around and it just looks crazy," Dunn says.
We called city officials about this change. They tell us they hold monthly tire recycling events for the public. The events are free, but you can only recycle up to 5 tires a month.
From the Augusta Solid Waste website:
• Customers must provide proof of Richmond County residency
• Tires will not be accepted from businesses or commercial customers
• Time may be on or off the rim
• Each resident may bring a maximum of five (5) tires per visit
• The event will run from 9am - 2pm
• For questions, please contact 706-592-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 19, 2013 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carrie J. Mays Par
November 16, 2013 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at TBD
December 21, 2013 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at TBD
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