Tireless effort: Nearly 1,000 tons of rubber removed from Moab Landfill

Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District Manager Evan Tyrrell, left, and equipment operator Sam Mealey pose with the last two tires to leave the Moab Landfill on Oct. 10. Photo courtesy of the Solid Waste Special Service District

The Moab Landfill is no longer home to a massive pile of discarded tires now that a company has removed nearly 1,000 tons of them.

Evan Tyrrell, manager of the Solid Waste Special Service District who oversees the Moab and Klondike landfills and the Community Recycle Center, said in an email that the last of the tires were taken away Oct. 3.

“To my understanding, the waste tires had been accumulating at the Moab Landfill for over a decade,” said Tyrrell, who added the tires are problematic as they “take up significant airspace – volume – at landfills, they cannot be compacted, and they typically resurface over time when buried.”

This wall of waste tires photographed Sept. 10 no longer exists at the Moab Landfill, where they’ve been accumulating for perhaps the last decade. Photo courtesy of the Solid Waste Special Service District

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality’s Waste Tire Recycling Fund provided 100 percent of the funding needed to pay for the removal in accordance with a law by the same name.

Tyrrell said the company that did the cleanup, TDFI, LLC, reported taking a total of 962 tons of waste tires, which will be shredded at the company’s facility in Fillmore where metal will be removed for recycling and the shreds for energy recovery or tire-derived fuel.