Sault Ste. Marie hosts city-wide tire disposal day The City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation hosted a city-wide tire disposal day on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
The event was funded through a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy grant that was obtained by the EDC earlier in the year. Originally scheduled for April 11, the day was postponed until August in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in
There was so much interest in the opportunity that plans are currently underway for a second event to take place in October of this year.
Tire collection took place at the City Composting Facility at 1244 East Easterday Avenue and was overseen by the Sault Ste. Marie Department of Public Works. In compliance with grant guidelines, this opportunity was open to all non-commercial Sault Ste. Marie residents who live within city limits.
“We’re very grateful for the DPW staff who carried out the event,” said Eric Fountain, Street Department Superintendent. “And to the EDC for obtaining the grant funding to make it possible.”
In total, 629 car tires, 41 semi tires, 59 mudder tires, and 40 playground tires, and 68 additional/non-categorized tires were collected, making a grand total of 837 tires that filled an entire semi trailer and provided a headstart on the next event.
With Michigan’s statewide ban on the disposal of whole tires in landfills, getting rid of these items can be a tricky task. As a result, many are left as fire hazards, mosquito breeding grounds, and eyesores in communities.
Through recycling programs such as these, however, scrap tires are able to be repurposed into multiple items including mulch, asphalt, and components in construction and manufacturing processes.
“The results show that there was a definite need for an opportunity like this in our City,” said EDC Executive Director Jeff Holt. “We would also like to thank the Department of Public Works staff and our community members for helping the event be such a success.”
For more information on future community tire recycling opportunities, follow the Sault EDC on Facebook @SSMEDC. The EDC is a non-profit organization that fosters economic growth in the community through its dedication to helping entrepreneurs establish and expand their businesses. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to the public. For more information on the EDC, their projects, programs, and partnerships, visit their
website at saultedc.com.