Tyres amnesty success in South Wales

23rd February 2012

Residents in Ammanford in South Wales have benefitted from a tyres amnesty initiative, which has already seen 408 compounds donated to the county council.

The new initiative has been created to halt the practice of fly-tipping old badly worn tyres in the South Wales region.

Fly-tipping is a common problem among motorists, with many undertaking the practice after fitting new tyres to their cars as part of regular check-ups.

According to reports from This is South Wales, drivers were invited to bring their used compounds to the Baltic Car Park in Ammanford for collection.

The campaign was organised by Tidy Towns with the simple aim of encouraging responsible waste disposal.

Speaking to the news provider, Tidy Towns project officer Simon Troake said:"Around 450,000 tonnes of used tyres are produced in the UK every year that have to be reused or disposed of somehow."

"It is estimated local authorities, landowners, industry and the emergency services pay out over £2.3 million in investigating and clearing illegally- dumped tyres," he added.

The success of the used tyres initiative could see the scheme replicated across the UK.

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