MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis has brought back its Tire Redemption Program as a way of reducing the amount of illegal scrap tire dumping in the area.
The program pays city residents $1 for each tire brought to the site, with a limit of 250 tires per donation.
The city collected tires Jan. 9 and 10 at Refurban, a local business initiative that creates "innovative" partnerships to redirect leftover resources and stimulate local economies.
Local news reports said trucks piled with stacks of scrap tires were waiting in line at Refurban Memphis L.L.C. before the start of collection at 6 a.m. on Jan. 9.
The initiative was for private housholds; tire businesses and haulers were excluded.
According to its website, Refurban's waste-redirection solutions offset the operational cost of its Waste Redirection Initiative, which trains and employs ex-felons, at-risk youth and retuning veterans to sort, recycle and repurpose usable materials, it said.