Picking up old tires in Augusta could have you rolling in money

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 First at Five/ Wednesday, July 18, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- See a tire, pick it up and the city of Augusta could pay you for it. Commissioners are considering paying people to pick up tires around the city.

We've learned it seems some parts of town are better than others for dumping tires responsibly. Commissioners aren't the only one's who tire over the piles of tires left on the roads.

"People dumping tires is what prompted me to call the city's 311. They haven't been out there for the past three months," homeowner Leon Maben said.

"They'll take them and put them on the side of my house," homeowner John Dickson said.

Dickson and Maben live on two separate streets but share the same problem. People dumping tires in their neighborhoods.

"They'll dump stuff man. They do it right here. They will do stuff man and I mean load it up right here," Dickson said.

City leaders say this is the problem in districts one, two and three. They're hoping a new tire policy will help all this disappear.

"I think it's most efficient if we do what the scrap metal companies do. You come in and bring them in by weight. You would be paid for the weight that you brought in," Commissioner Corey Johnson said.

It's one of many ideas leaders are considering. They're looking at how much one company would charge the county for once a month pick up for old tires. Commissioner Bill Lockett is suggesting collecting them and using the rubber to make sidewalks and streets. The last option is to pay citizens a wage for every tire brought in.

"It would be a good job. You won't see no more tires around Augusta no more man. I'm telling you," Dickson said.

"I'm for any vehicle that will help getting old tires out the neighborhood," Maben said.

They want the city to put the brakes on the issue. It'll take the city around 60 days before leaders come up with a plan for old tires.

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