SPRINGFIELD, Ohio-Two years ago, the people of Clark County, Ohio, needed help with scrap tires.
Tire piles at area farms and local auto salvage yards were becoming a nuisance. The county health department worried about mosquitoes, and safety officials worried about fires.
The Clark County Combined Health District offered residents a grant to pitch in and reduce the amount of scrap tires, making the salvage yards' job easier.
The county originally sent the tires to Columbus for disposal, but officials realized they could do more.
With approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Health and funding from the Ohio Department of Development, the county is using shredded scrap tires in absorption field lines at on-site septic systems.
Columbus-based Central Ohio Contractors agreed to transport and chip the tires as an in-kind contribution to the program. Residents and salvage yards pay $1 per tire for disposal. Matching funds from the county pay for spreading the tires.
Randy MacGillivray of MacGillivray Contractors, which installed tire chips at the county's site, said the chips are lightweight and easy to move with equipment and shovels.
The first of three planned projects was installed Dec. 9 in Bethel Township, Ohio. It used 125 cubic yards of scrap tire chips and 375 cubic yards of gravel.