Residents of Highlands County, Fla., lined up before daybreak last month for a chance to earn some extra cash and clear the extra rubber clutter in the community’s landfill.
Highlands County held its inaugural tire buyback event at the annual “12 hours of Sebring” endurance race, and accepted more than 17,000 tires that would likely remain scattered along the city's roadways and landfills, according to Highlands County Today. The illegal tire dumping issue costs Highlands County about 38,000 a year, Ramon Gavarrete, Highlands County engineer, told the newspaper.
“A lot of people did what we wanted them to do,” he said regarding the tire buyback response. “We wanted people to go around the county and pick up vehicle tires illegally dumped in various places.”