Although most people take their worn out tires to a reputable drop off location, some tires are left abandoned. Usually, abandoned in an illegal dumping spot known to the locals. This creates a possible hazard to the community. Not only is a pile of illegally dumped tires unsightly, they are harmful.
Did you know illegally dumped tires are consider hazardous waste? According to the Fresno Development and Resource Management (DARM), 800 million used tires are stockpiled. Stockpiled tires can provide a habitat for disease spreading mosquitoes. And with all the rain California has received this year, the West Nile virus or ZIKA carrying mosquitoes are a real threat. In addition to tires being a habitat, DARM warns that tires release paralytic oil. Paralytic oil can possibly start a fire, creating an oil fire. Sounds pretty hazardous! But what can you do about this problem to help your community?
Here are some actions items you can do to help your community with the Illegal Dumping problem:
- Report any Illegal Dump Sites
- If you witness the dumping, take a picture or write down:
- The license plate number
- The description of the vehicle
- What was dumped
- If the Illegal Dumping occurs on your private property, post signs according to the laws of your city. (Following the city requirements allow code enforcement officers to help with appropriate action)
The first responsible action one can do is be aware that the Illegal dumping of tires is dangerous and a real problem. The second responsible action one can do is help prevent it.