A pilot program this fall will help city residents get rid of unwanted tires at no cost. During the Tire Blitz, residents can drop off tires at 322 E Stockbridge Avenue where they will be collected by City staff for recycling. Tires will be accepted on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, September 30 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Friday, October 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tires should be removed from the rim first.
The tires will be recycled into products like rubber mulch, crumb rubber, and tire derived aggregate, which is used in roads, driveways, trails, and a variety of other ways.
Tires are not accepted through the bulk trash program and are often dumped in the city or left at the street. These tires are unsightly and can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The Tire Blitz hopes to provide a free, easy, and sustainable option to dispose of tires and address these issues in our community.
This pilot program is possible with funding provided by the Foundation for Excellence. If the program is successful, it could become an annual city service.
The Tire Blitz is available to City of Kalamazoo residents only and proof of residency will be required (utility bill, state/county ID, driver’s license, local student ID, etc.). Residents that are not physically able to bring unwanted tires may call 311 for help.