On June 26, 2019, the Streets Department announced the return of the Tire Round-Up program. The program will last for six weeks and take place on the following Saturdays: July 20 and 27 as well as August 3, 10, 17, and 24. The operating hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The deadline to register for the program is July 12 and only registered Block Captains, organized community/civic organizations, Town Watch organizations, and Partnership Recycling Groups will be eligible to participate in the program. Registered participants will be offered a “bounty” of $0.50 for each illegally discarded tire(s) they collect and drop off at one of the designated sites around the city. The amount of tires groups are allowed to drop off is limited to 1,000 and reimbursement will be a maximum of $500.
The Streets Department developed this program to help shed some light on the severe problem of illegally discarded tires in the Philadelphia area. This program is one of several of the Streets Department Programs that support the vision of a cleaner Philadelphia. Since the program started in 1995, registered participants have collected more than 250,000 illegally discarded tires.
The piles of tires dumped illegally are both a fire and a health risk. Tires are highly combustible and provide rodents and mosquitoes with an area to breed. Collecting these discarded tires and disposing of them properly can help eliminate the health risk and reduce the amount of materials that aid in deteriorating conditions of city neighborhoods.
For more information on Streets Department services, contact the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560