By Oliver Hall
Illegally dumped tyres have become an increasing environmental hazard across the globe.
Now a US city has come up with the idea of inviting dealers to stamp their tyres with a unique code, creating a way of tracing where tyres come from.
Dr. Ray Shanaa, the Killeen city planner, said: “It’s a serious problem, and it’s increasing – maybe because the cost of transportation is increasing; maybe because whoever’s dumping the tyres doesn’t want to pay for disposal fees.”
Tyres left sitting around can be a fire hazard and breeding ground for rats and snakes, not to mention the eyesore, according to Dr Shanaa. It normally costs two or three dollars for one tyre to be disposed of correctly.
Dr Shanaa will put the stamp idea to the city council next week in the hope it will deter illegal dumping.
The plan would be for the dealer to mark each tyre with a coded number and then log the sale so there would be a record of who had possession of the tyre.