Press release

Author: Lindsay Tournoux, Wayne County Farm Bureau

July 3, 2024

Ag Tire Roundup secures nearly 1,600 tires

WAYNE COUNTY, OH—Nearly 1,600 scrap tires from 57 area farms were dropped off at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on June 28 during the Ag Tire Roundup.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 242 million vehicle tires are discarded annually in the United States. The majority of those, 78 percent, are destined for landfills, illegally dumped, or stockpiled.

Crew members from Willig Tire, a scrap tire recycling company, collected the tires and loaded them onto semi-truck trailers to be taken for processing. According to Operations Manager Mark Smith, 100 percent of the tires will be recycled and reused.

Smith explained that the tires go through a dual shredding process that separates rubber from steel.

“The steel is shipped off to be made into things like beams,” he said. “And the rubber is used for fuel for power plants, playground or landscape rubber. Everything is recycled.”

The event was a collaboration between Wayne County Farm Bureau, Wayne County Health Department, Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University – Wayne County Extension, and the Wayne County Fair Grounds.

The event cost approximately $40,000 to host. Funding was provided by grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Recycle Ohio program, Wayne County Health Department and the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District.

Ag Tire Roundup

Ag Tire Roundup

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Sept. 7, 2022 — Available only to Wayne County farmers. Limit of 50 tires per farm. Pre-registration is required by calling the Wooster Farm Bureau office at 330-263-7456. The registration window is Oct 3 – 28 or until space runs out. Download the flyer for complete information.

14 Ways to Create Less Waste

14 Ways to Create Less Waste

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, May 10, 2021 — Summer is near and COVID-19 restrictions are loosening up. This signals that a return to normalcy could be near. One of the things many people have missed over the past year is family gatherings. As people start getting together and celebrating special occasions, remember to take the opportunity to dispose of waste products properly and recycle as many items as you can.

Here are 14 ways to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfills:

1. When going on a picnic, pack your regular cutlery instead of taking plastic.
2. Invest in a set of cloth napkins.
3. Visit your local thrift shop (or look on Craigslist) before buying any picnic, beach, or camping gear.
4. Serve finger food that doesn’t require extra plates and utensils at parties.
5. If you’re heading on a road trip, picnic, or to the beach, bring an empty jar along with you for food scraps.
6. Pack food in beeswax wraps or reusable zip-lock bags instead of plastic wrap.
7. Use milk and cooled green tea bags to help heal sunburn before deciding whether or not you really need a store-bought remedy.
8. Try making your own natural mosquito repellent before buying one that’s likely packaged in a plastic bottle or aerosol can.
9. When camping, pack Castile soap to wash your body, pets, vegetables, clothes, and dishes.
10. Try to repair camping and beach gear before replacing it.
11. If you shave in the summer, try replacing your plastic razor with a safety razor.
12. Avoid takeaway food that’s served in styrofoam packaging.
13. If you’re traveling overseas during the summer, learn to say a few key eco-friendly phrases in the language.
14. And challenge yourself to go three months without using a plastic straw or single-use water bottle.