BLM to co-sponsor Nevada County tire amnesty week

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. September 26, 2018 – The Bureau of Land Management’s California State Office and Mother Lode Field Office, along with Tahoe National Forest, Waste Management and Nevada County are hosting a tire amnesty event daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 1-5, to help keep the environment clean. Participants must be Nevada County residents.

“The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive. This tire amnesty event is a positive, proactive approach to prevent illegal dumping on America’s public lands, which continues to be a serious problem,” says Acting Mother Lode Field Manager Elizabeth Meyer-Shields. “It is much easier to dispose of unwanted tires in this way, rather than the difficult task of pulling a heavy tire out of a steep ravine.”

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Tires are not accepted from businesses and no tractor or commercial tires or tires with rims are allowed. Nevada County residents can dispose of up to nine tires at no cost at the following locations:

Oct. 1-2: Waste Management-McCourtney Road Transfer Station & Recycling Center, 14741 Wolf Mountain Road, Grass Valley, CA  95949

Oct. 3: Penn Valley Rodeo (behind the fire station), 10153 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA  95946

Oct. 4: Waste Management-North San Juan Transfer Station, 10125 Flume St., North San Juan, CA  95960

Oct. 5: Waste Management-Washington Transfer Station, 15886 Gaston Road, Washington, CA  95986

Individuals who wish to dispose of more than nine tires must request an exemption letter from the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health by calling 530-265-1469.

Public lands keep America not only beautiful, but also strong. Approximately 6,000 tires are turned in each year. Since 2014, the BLM has co-sponsored the event and has helped collect and transport more than 22,000 tires to recycling centers. For more information, please call the Mother Lode Field Office at 916-941-3101.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.