Bradley County got a little cleaner recently with the help of a major tire manufacturer and others.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Environmental Officer Joe Renner and members of “One Team, One Planet,” a program of Bridgestone Tire Co., removed about 700 discarded tires from a property located on Craigmiles Street.
“It was a little spring cleaning,” said Renner.
“This property under a court order from the Bradley County Environmental Court, was cleaned to the standards set forth in the Bradley County Resolution regarding Dilapidated Structures and Accumulation of Debris,” Renner explained. “The cost of the cleanup and any fee incurred during the process will be assessed as a property tax. The property had 774 tires that had been dumped on the property. The removal of the tires saved $2,000 off the cost of the cleanup.”
Renner was able to partner with the program team which aims to eradicate the problem of tires littering our natural environment — be it on the side of the road, in a creek or elsewhere, according to Renner.
“Bridgestone has partnered with River Network. The Portland-based nonprofit leads a national watershed protection movement that includes more than 2,000 local, state and regional grassroots organizations whose primary mission is to protect rivers and watersheds,” Renner said of the organization begun in Oregon.
The new community cleanup support program will recycle spent tires collected during any River Network or other independently organized cleanup event — and do so free of charge.
“During this time of the year, tires sitting and collecting water creates a hazard of an infestation of mosquitoes and other insects,” Renner said. “These types of tire dumps are very common, and we are planning on having another cleanup event in the near future. The partnership with Bridgestone is a real asset to our community. It is my goal as the environmental officer to explore all options to benefit everyone involved.”
A former tenant of the property had discarded the tires on the property, spurring action from the court.