The St. Mary's County Department of Public Works & Transportation Recycling Program will host Citizen Scrap Tire Drop-off Day on September 16, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, at the St. Andrews Landfill on St. Andrews Church Road in California, MD. Up to ten tires per vehicle will be accepted; limit one trip per resident. Both passenger and light truck tires, as well as heavy truck and agricultural tires will be accepted. In addition, both on-rim and off-rim tires will be accepted. Commercial vehicles and businesses are prohibited from using the program.
In 2004, eighteen Maryland jurisdictions participated in the Citizen Scrap Tire Drop-off Day around the State and brought in over 33,490 scrap tires. In St. Mary's County, residents participating in the event dropped off 1,011 tires. The Board of Commissioners for St. Mary's County, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Environmental Service, are challenging all residents to make this year's event an even greater success.
Tires filled with water breed mosquitoes. The removal of these old scrap tires will contribute greatly to minimizing the mosquito population. County officials also remind residents to be sure to empty any buckets, containers and other objects which may hold water in order to keep the mosquito population under control.
If you miss the drop-off on September 16, county officials note that residents are permitted to bring up to five old scrap tires per visit to the St. Andrews Landfill year round free of charge. Excessive loads will be assessed a fee of $158.00 per ton.
The Scrap Tire Amnesty Day Program is funded by the State's Used Tire Clean-Up and Recycling Fund. This fund is composed of monies raised from the $0.80 surcharge on every new tire purchased in the State of Maryland and designed to remedy existing stockpiles of scrap tires.