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Greenville Co. Tackles Tire Dumping

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An Upstate county is tackling a big environmental problem: tire dumping.

People are illegally discarding tires at hidden dump sites or leaving them along the road.

Greenville County will be starting an awareness campaign using brochures and advertisements to teach people how to safely discard tires.

Environmental enforcement officials say old worn out tires like these are not only an eyesore but they are an environmental hazard. They end up in your parks and rivers.

Discarded tires sit and collect water becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

And its a problem that stretches beyond Greenville County.

The director of environmental enforcement in Spartanburg county, Jamie Nelson, says his department has picked up more than 400 tires already this year that were illegally dumped.

"Tires are solid waste so they won't deteriorate the biggest environmental issue is if it was to catch on fire and the remnants go into the air stream or if they hold water because of the mosquito issue," Nelson said.

 The Greenville County council is being proactive to end this problem.

Council wants to use a grant to advertise throughout the county where you can legally dispose of your tires for free. For example, Twin Chimneys Land Fill in Honea Path will take your old tires for free. And you can also drop them off at any residential waste and recycling center for no charge.

 If you are caught illegally dumping tires it comes with a heft fine of up to $1,000 dollars and community service.

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