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.