Andrew Stevens happily spent the Saturday morning hurling tires to a semi-trailer’s back.
Andrew who is just fourteen years old said that he likes doing it, and that he feels good to be able to help the community.
He went along with his father, Kelley Stevens, in order to assist in collecting used tires from their community for recycling at the Bridgestone Americas Off Road Tire located at 1600 Fort Jesse Road in Normal.
Kelly Stevens who is also a tire builder at Bridgestone said that the event allows tires to be put back to recycling than in getting dumped at landfills.
Collecting tires for recycling
Currently in its 4th year, the Bridgestone event was able to collect numerous tire types, go-kart tires to tractor tires, to be forwarded to the Liberty Tire Recycling.
The recycling company will be shredding the used rubber tires with an equipment like a rubber granulator or a similar tool. Then, they will make rail road ties, welcome mats, athletic tracks, mulch for flowerbeds and playgrounds and a highway asphalt additive.
The rubber mulch from recycling lessens the method of harvesting trees used for wood ground cover. This is less expensive than wood mulch, and it also promotes safe playgrounds.
Bridgestone’s plant manager, Monty Greutman mentioned that the collection number increases each year. Last year, about 1,900 used tires were loaded into 3 semi-trailers. He expected that 2,000 or more Twin City tires are going to be forwarded to the Liberty Tire Recycling after the event this year.
Helping the environment
For Greutman, this event helps clean the environment and also keeps Bridgestone part of the community.
David Colter from Hopedale dropped agriculture tires. The volunteers got the tires from the truck using a forklift and put them to the semi-trailer. Colter said that he has been doing it for 3 years already.
Mike Thomas also dropped some tires off. He said that this is a great thing for their community. He added that it is better to get old tires out from yards instead of leaving them collect water and therefore attracting mosquitoes especially that Zika is prevalent lately. He also expressed that this a civic duty.