Program allows residents to trade in dumped tires for cash

Program allows residents to trade in dumped tires for cash

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis-Shelby County proposal targets tires and offers money up for grabs.

Not the tires on your car, but the ones being dumped in neighborhoods all over the city. You can get paid to help pick them up.

These tires aren't taking anyone anywhere anytime soon.

“As you know, waste tires are a problem,” said Robert Knecht, Director of Public Works for City of Memphis. “These things end up in our waterways, they end up in road sides, they end up on dead end streets.”

This week you're encouraged to clean up those dumped tires you see in your community and you'll get some cash in exchange.

It's all part of a county and city partnership for a tire recycling program this Wednesday and Thursday.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can bring tires to Refurban at 1029 Florida Street.

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For each tire recycled, people will receive $1 in return, up to $250.

“We are helping to clean up our community and offer citizens a chance to earn some income that otherwise they may not have,” Knecht said.

Here's who can participate in the program:

  • Must have a valid Tennessee ID   
  • All cars dropping off must have a Shelby County tag  
  • Tire-related businesses are not allowed to participate  

Both the city and county each have $50,000 to distribute. If that money runs out, the program stops.

“To help get the people, the citizens to buy in, in making their community a lot better,” said Angela Heild, Shelby County Administrator of Parks and Ground Management.

At around 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10, MPD and Public Works crews will close the far right lane on McLemore Avenue heading West. The closure will be in effect during the Wednesday and Thursday morning commute.

All participants for the City & County Tire Redemption Program will be routed from McLemore Avenue to Kansas St. to W. Colorado St. to Florida St.

Vehicles can start lining up near the intersection of McLemore at Third St.

Motorists who typically travel along McLemore and Florida St. should expect some delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert at all times. Traffic control will be directed by the Memphis Police Department.

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