Tire redemption program returns with new rules - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tire redemption program returns with new rules

The popular tire redemption program returns Tuesday. The popular tire redemption program returns Tuesday.

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The City of Memphis' popular tire redemption program returns Tuesday with new changes designed to prevent people from taking advantage of the system.

Officials say now, when people redeem tires, they will have to sign an affidavit stating that they collected their tires on the streets of Shelby County, and not from a tire dealer.

The new rules follow incidents like what happened at Jordan Tire, a company that was cited by Code Enforcement for taking advantage of the redemption program...

"One of their agents knowingly stated publicly that he manipulated the system by giving tires to some of his friends to turn in," City Council member Harold Collins said.

Officials say tire dealers are not allowed to participate in the tire redemption program.
   
Residents of Shelby County with valid Shelby County registration can bring in waste tires in a vehicle with valid Shelby County registration. Individuals will be limited to 100 tires per trip, with a maximum of two trips per day.

$1 will be paid for each tire redeemed, and the money won't be given out on the spot.  Instead, a check will be mailed out to the address on the your ID within 7 days.

Officials are giving the tire program a lot of credit for reducing blight associated with illegal dumping of old discarded tires. 

Thousands of tires are expected to be turned in when the gates open at Max Tire and Recycling on Elvis Presley Boulevard tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m.

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