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Memphis, Shelby County team up to offer cash for tires

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The city of Memphis and Shelby County are teaming together to clean up the Mid-South through a program that offers cash for tires.  It's a plan Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins and County Commissioner Steve Mulroy are hoping will cure an expensive problem.

"The city has spent thousands - tens of thousands - cleaning up these illegal dump sites," Collins said Thursday.

The Memphis and Shelby County Tire Redemption Program allows citizens to make some extra money by cleaning up the environment.  Tire businesses or haulers will not be allowed to participate.  However, residents will be paid a dollar for every tire they turn in to Mac's Tire Recycling on Elvis Presley.

"I think a dollar per tire is something that is going to motivate people especially this time of year," Mulroy said. "This is kind of a Christmas present for the citizens of Memphis."

City and county leaders say cleaning up the illegal dump sites can be time consuming.

"It would take at least eight to twelve man hours, trucks, backhoes, all type of equipment to remove these tires.  These are dollars that are unbudgeted," Collins said.

That's why the city and county have set aside $100,000 in funding for the program, which will not only help remove abandoned tires, but also beautify communities.

Residents can bring their old tires to Mac's Tire Recycling Center at 3000 Elvis Presley from 7am to 3:30pm.  You must have a state issued ID.  Residents will only be allowed to turn in 250 tires per day.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Program (source: Memphis/Shelby County)

1.  Is there a limit on the number of tires I can bring for redemption?
CITIZENS MAY REDEEM UP TO 250 TIRES PER DAY, PER PERSON.

2. Where do I take the tires for redemption?
THE ONLY AUTHORIZED REDEMPTION SITE IS "MAC TIRE" AT 3000 ELVIS PRESLEY BLVD.

3. What do I need to redeem tires?
CITIZENS NEED TO HAVE WITH THEM A VALID & CURRENT IDENTIFICATION CARD OR DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED BY THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. THE I.D. MUST DISPLAY A CURRENT RESIDENCE ADDRESS WITHIN SHELBY COUNTY.  ANY VEHICLE USED TO HAUL REDEMPTION PROGRAM TIRES MUST DISPLAY VALID AND CURRENT SHELBY COUNTY VEHICLE REGISTRATION. REDEEMERS WILL HAVE TO SIGN A "REDEEMER'S CERTIFICATE", CERTIFYING THAT THE TIRES THEY PRESENT FOR REDEMPTION WERE RECOVERED FROM WITHIN SHELBY COUNTY.

4. I am in the Tire Business, can I participate?
NO TIRE BUSINESS OR WASTE TIRE CARRIER, GENERATOR, HAULER, DISPOSER OR SORTER MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE TIRE REDEMPTION PROGRAM 5. How much will I get paid for the tires?
CITIZENS MAY REDEEM ANY PASSENGER CAR OR TRUCK TIRE, (WITHOUT RIMS), FOR $1.00 PER TIRE. NO TRACTOR TRAILER OR HEAVY EQUIPMENT TIRES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR REDEMPTION.

5. When can I start?
THE REDEMPTION PROGRAM WILL BEGIN DECEMBER 16TH.

6. What will the hours be for the Redemption Center?
THE TIRE REDEMPTION CENTER WILL OPERATE MONDAY - FRIDAY, FROM 7:00AM THROUGH 3:30PM, UNTIL FUNDS RUN OUT.

7. How will I get paid?
THERE WILL BE NO CASH ON SITE AT THE REDEMPTION CENTER.  PAYMENT FOR REDEEMED TIRES WILL BE MAILED ONLY TO THE ADDRESS DISPLAYED ON THE REDEEMER'S VALID TENNESSEE I.D CARD.


 

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