Grant awarded to clean up dumped tires on Forest
DONIPHAN, MO – Big Springs Resource Conservation and Development Council recently received a Missouri Department of Natural Resources grant to help clean up dumped tires on Mark Twain National Forest.
The grant from Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program will focus on cleaning up Mark Twain National Forest around Ripley, Shannon and Carter Counties.
Raben Tire, Poplar Bluff, has partnered with Mark Twain National Forest and Missouri Department of Natural Resources and will be handling the collected tires for recycling.
Missouri citizens generate an estimated five million scrap tires a year; many wind up discarded on public lands.
Mark Twain National Forest Eleven Point District Ranger Tim Bond said, “Scrap tires harbor mosquitoes and snakes. Many disease carrying pests flourish in the stagnant water that collects inside tires.”
Chief culprits are mosquitoes that can carry deadly diseases such as the West Nile virus and encephalitis.
“One of our organization’s objectives is to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment,” said Big Springs Resource Conservation and Development Council Manager Becky Paxton. “This is a worthwhile project because it will help reduce dumped tires on Mark Twain National Forest on three counties in our district.”
Recycled tires are used as fuel; they are also recycled into products such as rubber-modified asphalt on Missouri highways.