ATTALLA, Ala. (July 13, 2009)—After three years of work, the largest scrap tire dump in Alabama has officially been cleaned up, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management has announced.
ADEM Director Trey Glenn hosted a ceremony last week at the former Four Star Scrap Tire Wholesale Brokerage site in Attalla, near Gadsden.
At the time cleanup began in August 2006, ADEM estimated the Four Star pile contained 8 million tires, or 40 percent of the scrap tires in Alabama. The agency projected the effort would take two to three years and cost an estimated $7 million, with ADEM and the Alabama Scrap Tire Commission directing the process.
The Four Star project marks the first cleanup of a large-scale tire stockpile in Alabama, ADEM said. More than 82 million pounds of scrap tire material were removed from the site, and more than 80 percent of that material made its way to end-use markets, the agency said.