MACON, Georgia (KBTV) – In an effort to clean up the neighborhood, Macon-Bibb County is allowing residents to drop off their scrap tires for free.
This is all part of Tire Amnesty Day. The drop off is Saturday, December 12, 2021 from 7:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at 900 11th Street in Macon. Tires must be off the rim and there is not a limit to the number of tires people can bring. A person must be a Macon-Bibb County resident and provide proof by showing a state-issued ID or current utility bill.
District 7 Commissioner Bill Howell says, “We wanted to make a way for people to get rid of the tires on their property before we began handing out these fines.” In June 2021, the Commission increased the penalty for dumping scrap tires to $25 per tire and up to a $1,000 find and six months in jail per violation, at the discretion of the court.
“Throughout both our Clean Streets Matter and Blight Fight initiatives this year, tire piles have been one of the prevailing issues we see over and over in all areas of our community,” Mayor Lester Miller adds.
Tires will not be accepted from commercial businesses. The Tire Amnesty Day is made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Division’s (EPD) Local Government Scrap Tire Abatement Reimbursement (STAR) Program.
Macon-Bibb will begin citing people caught dumping tires illegally after Tire Amnesty Day.