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If you think dumping is the easy way to get rid of old tires, think again. It’s illegal. It could cost you. In fact, Wisconsin has tough regulations against people who are caught tire dumping – anywhere in the state. Dumpers can be fined up to $600 per violation and fines go up with repeat offenders.
Because of growing environmental concerns, the State of Wisconsin imposed a ban on disposing of tires in all landfills. As a result, many municipalities – Racine included – no longer pick up old tires at curbside. Since 1991, the Department of Public Works has used a different method of old tire disposal. In ‘91, the D.P.W. collected 51 tons of used tires and the next year, over twice as many. Many tires are discarded by illegal dumping or storage. The city is prepared to accept a greater number and recycle them. But you have to bring them to us. Storing old tires tarnishes the neighborhood. Old tires are breeding grounds for pests such as mosquitoes and rodents. Dirty water and debris collect in them. So property owners who allow illegal, long-term storage of old tires can be cited by a city public health or police officer.
If you see anyone dumping tires, call the Police Department at 886-2300 (do not call 911); try to provide a license plate number. You do not have to give your name.
If old tires are stored on a neighboring property for a period of time, you can call the city at 636-9500 during normal business hours to register a complaint. A Unified Neighborhood Inspection member will inspect the property and decide on further action.
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or call the department of Public works field office, (262) 636-9126.
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