Harrisburg, Pa. -- Volunteers in three Pennsylvania counties recently helped clean up more than 3.2 million waste tires.
In Bucks County, Gemstar pile project volunteers removed more than 1.7 million tires through a $1.5 million Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant. In Carbon County, Carbon Services Corp. was given a $1 million grant to clean up approximately 1.2 million tires from the S&Recycling tire pile in Blair County. And in Berks County, the Recycling Environmental Group of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, was awarded a $868,000 grant by the DEP to clean up about 300,000 tires.
The DEP awards $3 million annually in grants to clean up illegal tire piles throughout the state. Since 1995, the state has cleaned up more than 21 million stockpiled tires.
For more information, visit the DEP at www.dep.state.pa.us (directLINK "tires").