Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mail Bag: Scrap Tires

In response to a post about the new recycling program in Detroit, an anonymous reader asked:
Can anyone direct me what to do about all of the old tires that have seemed to have found their way into the neighborhood over the last few months? These are covering the alleys now!
Scrap tires are, to put it mildly, problematic. The official answer is to call 3-1-1 and report it. However, as another anonymous reader pointed out in the comment immediately following yours, response time from the 3-1-1 Call Center is less than desirable.

It's still worth it to report any case of illegal dumping to the 3-1-1 Call Center, if for no other reason than it establishes an official record of it. That, in turn, is useful later down the road when someone from the community organization needs to ream one municipal employee or another for not doing their job.

There is also one other option that I've never tried, but have thought about a couple of times.

The transportation, storage and disposal of scrap tires is supposed to be regulated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. If you're still in the mood to gripe after you call 3-1-1 then you might want to make your next phone call to the MDEQ Field Office in Detroit. Their telephone number is (313) 456-4700.

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