Scrap tires photo

For the second year in a row, the city of Port Lavaca got a grant that will allow it to accept scrap tires from city and county residents.

It received a $12,000 grant from the state and another $4,000 from Calhoun County to accept them at the wastewater treatment plant, which is at the corner of Commerce and Newlin streets Saturday.

City Manager Bill DiLibero said last year that the city received a large number of tires and some from outside the area.

This year, only passenger car and truck tires under 20 inches will be accepted, and those who drop off their tires for recycling must show proof of residence.

There is also a limit of four tires per residence.

“We find a lot of tires disposed of where they shouldn’t be and just trash in general,” DiLibero said. “The whole idea is to clean up the community.”

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t consider tires to be hazardous waste, but they can pollute the air and water. Just one tire can emit 2 gallons of oil when burned, for example. Also, mosquitoes, carrying diseases, such as encephalitis and dengue fever, can breed in the stagnant water that collects inside them.

About a quarter of scrap tires in Texas last year were disposed of in a landfill. The city of Victoria’s landfill can accept them if they are split, quartered and shredded, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Jessica Priest reports on the environment and Calhoun County for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at jpriest@vicad.com or 361-580-6521.

Environment/Investigations Reporter

Jessica Priest has done a little bit of everything since moving to Victoria in 2012. She was a regular fixture in the Crossroads’ historic courthouses, but now slathers on the sunscreen to report on the environment.

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