Recycling Program Modifications – Tires, Plastics and Public Convenience Center
(Lander) – The recycling program in Fremont County is expanding to now include tires, while plastic bottles numbered 3 through 7 will no longer be accepted. Additionally, all recycling now collected at the mobile recycling trailer on the east side of Lander is being directed to the Lander Landfill’s free recycling facility, a distance of less than three miles, according to Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District Superintendent Andy Frey.
The recycling program at the rural transfer stations will be left as-is for now, with another review as part of the next fiscal year’s budgeting work. The change to the Lander mobile recycling service was motivated by much of the recyclables being contaminated with household waste and other unauthorized debris.
“We now have the proposal for the tire recycling out for public comment with comments due by November 21st. The Board will act on the issue at that meeting,” Frey said. The proposed expansion would go into effect January 1, 2017, if approved.
Under the proposed expansion, the District would accept bulk loads of tires from retailers of passenger and semi-trucks tires at a per-pound rate yet to be determined. “The individual tires will be charged on the diameter of the tire, and not the rim,” Frey said, “due to the continuously changing passenger vehicle rim sizes.”
Implement and equipment tires would be charged at a bulk rate. “I’ve contacted tire retailers to make sure they are aware of the new program,” Frey said.
The Superintendent indicated that tires are very hard to manage, consume a larger volume of airspace per pound than other wastes, and keeping tires out of the District’s landfills saves money and landfill space.
The District Board agreed that the goal is to have all tires accepted be recycled and not placed in a landfill. Currently the District has about 4,000 tires stockpiled at the Sand Draw Landfill south of Riverton awaiting recycling.
The January 1st start date was suggested to allow tire retailers across the county time to adjust their disposal rates charged to customers in order to cover the change in disposal fees with the District.
Comments on the tire-recycling proposal should be submitted in writing to the following address or given orally at the November 21, 2016 FCSWDD Board meeting at the Lander Landfill Office:
Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District
ATTN: Tire Recycling Comments
P.O. Box 1400
Lander, WY 82520