City tire collection tops 8,300 in only two weeks

In only two days of collecting tires from the public, the City of Brady has amassed over 8,300 tires in the first phase of a city and countywide cleanup. The total tires counted amounted to 7,963 car tires, 53 car tires with wheels, 44 tractor tires and 177 truck tires. The total cost to the City of Brady adds up to $13,605 of which just over $10,000 was funded as a Supplemental Environmental Project in conjunction with McCulloch’s RC&D. “We collected 1,800 tires on Saturday and with the help from those citizens who could, we added $1,077 to the city’s account to help make up that $3,000 deficit that this project will cost,” said Brady Mayor James Stewart. “People who dropped tires off were extremely happy to be rid of the eyesores that have been stacking up for months and even years in some cases. Everyone was very thankful to be able to clean them up and get rid of them at the reduced rate that was offered.” The tire cleanup is the kickoff of a cleanup campaign that has begun at the behest of Stewart. A committee formed by the mayor has begun formulating an organized effort that will involve many different facets of the community in an effort to drastically improve the appearance of the area. The first major cleanup date has been scheduled for the weekend of April 21. During that weekend, roll off dumpsters sponsored by local citizens and businesses will be part of the effort that will provide a free dump day at both the local landfill and at a satellite location where the roll off dumpsters will be stationed. Details of that day’s efforts will be forthcoming, but members of church, civic groups and businesses are encouraged to set aside that weekend for a combined group effort to make a difference in the community. In leading up to the April 21 cleanup, Stewart is urging residents to promote the collection and recycling of clean steel at the local landfill. “It has taken us quite a while to get all of the necessary permits in order, but we are now able to take clean steel and bale it using our metal baler,” said Stewart. “We need to spread the word that clean steel objects like dishwashers, stoves, water heaters, fences and old metal roofs can all be dropped off free of charge at the landfill.” Prohibited items or items that cannot be dropped off are those that have had oil, antifreeze or Freon in them. “Part of the long-term plan to clean up this county is going to involve collecting those prohibited items and working out some way to have them properly disposed, but for right now, we must keep items like air conditioners and refrigerators out of the picture,” said Stewart. “Items that are very closely monitored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) will be their own special project. “TCEQ has very specific rules about dealing with these items as well as household hazardous waste ‘like paint, used oil, antifreeze, car batteries and other potential environmental hazards. I have already been in contact with both TCEQ and with the Lower Colorado River Authority to try and work toward a separate household hazardous waste collection day. That will be a very specialized and closely monitored event that hopefully will be on the schedule sometime in the near future.” Cleanup committee efforts have already begun to procure sponsorships for roll off dumpsters to provide as much relief on the impact of the local landfill as possible. Persons who are interested in helping lead a team of volunteers are asked to contact city hall and leave their name and telephone number so they may be contacted by Stewart in the coming weeks with more details. The phone number at city hall is 597-2152.

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