“You could say we're completing the cycle, from delivering new tires to properly disposing the used ones.”
Del-Nat's team of volunteers included employees, their families and friends. The collected tires will be recycled by Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling, one of the nation's largest providers of tire recycling services in the U.S.
Following last year's event, Del-Nat donated funds to plant a sugar maple tree near the new children's playground at Memphis' Overton Park and also hand-delivered seedlings to Memphis fourth-graders on Arbor Day, the company said.
Mr. Mayfield cited a number of studies that show urban areas with a greater number of trees have fewer instances of crime. Organizations such as the Arbor Day Foundation underscore the positive impact trees have on the environment, he said, while creating a better quality of life.