KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 15, 2003) — Local officials and neighborhood groups in the Kansas City area are collaborating with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to establish “Operation Tire Toss.”
The project promotes the proper disposal of waste tires to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus, which killed seven and attacked more than 160 others in Missouri last year alone. Volunteers will stack tires on semi-trailers provided by licensed haulers and processors, who then will take the tires to be burned as fuel at the Aquila Inc. power plant in Sibley, Mo., and possibly other power plants as well, according to a press statement from Aquila.
The company said its generating station in Sibley has been using scrapped tires as tire-derived fuel in its boilers for more than five years. Aquila said it annually burns the equivalent of more than 1 million passenger car tires—or about half the number of tires sold in the Kansas City area.