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Controversy Rages Over Tire Dump in Clayton

Posted May 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Some say it's an illegal eyesore. Others say it's a potential new business. What it is is a tire dump that state inspectors are taking a look at while the controversy continues.

A company called Tire Recyclers is collecting used tires for use in a new project to reduce hog farm odors. Hog waste is funneled through 15,000 tires submerged in water. That, the recyclers say, significantly reduces the odor by taking most of the waste out.

The problem is, the system hasn't been tested yet and state officials, along with neighbors of the tire company, say they aren't sure they want to wait for it while all those tires pile up. Piles of tires can pose a fire hazard and can become prime real estate for breeding mosquitos.

Ed Davis, of Tire Recyclers, is trying to appease them by looking at ways to improve the appearance of the storage yard. Davis says he may cover the tires with camouflage tarps until the tires can be removed.

Bill Meyer, director of North Carolina Solid Waste, says the company's idea to use tires to reduce hog farm odor is innovative, it has not been tested by them and that the company needs a permit for what it's doing now.

Davis says he wants the controversy to stop and that the company just wants a chance to prove it's idea will work.

The tires are currently stored outdoors in bundles of 100 each. Davis says the company is not only interested in helping reduce hog farm problems, it is also recycling thousands of tires. The company has about 600,000 tires in the Clayton facility. They need even more to do one hog farm.