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.”
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.