Illegal tire dumping is a big problem on the eastern side of the county near the interstate, and District 2 Supervisor David Berry believes it’s mostly the work of individuals transporting the waste tires from outside the county.
“They’re coming in from out of town by the dump truckload,” Berry said. “They back up and dump the tires and then haul tail out of here.”
Raising the fine for dumping tires from $500 to $3,000 might get their attention. The Board of Supervisors voted to increase the fine Monday after Berry described the growing problem.
“They’re dumping thousands of tires,” Berry said. “My crew is having to haul these tires away in dump truck loads. There are mountains of tires, and they’re dumping them in our road ditches, at our dumpster sites and even on private land.”
“We removed 700 last week,” said Jim Warrington, county road manager.
“It’s eating up our grant money too because we’re having to pay to get rid of these tires,” Berry said.
Berry produced a photo of an individual who appeared to be dumping tires at a dumpster location. Sheriff Jake Sheriff said his officers will investigate.
Berry said Yazoo County residents can always bring old tires to the county barn on Old Benton Road for disposal at no cost.