Breckenridge Texan

Cleanup project at illegal dump site removes more than 1,000 tires

Cleanup project at illegal dump site removes more than 1,000 tires
April 30
13:25 2019

On Saturday, community volunteers and Stephens County employees and elected officials removed over 1,000 tires from an illegal dump site on North Jackson Street.

The five-acre plot where the tires were removed is located just a few feet outside the Breckenridge city limits in the 300 block of North Jackson Street. The county took possession of the property about a month and a half ago because of unpaid taxes.

A county worker carries a load of tires from the illegal dump site on North Jackson Street to be loaded on a trailer and hauled off. (Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Precinct 3 County Commissioner Will Warren, who was on hand Saturday to help out, said he was told the trailer they were loading the old tires in would hold around 1,500 tires and by lunch time it was already three-quarters full.

The trailer, which was arranged through Leon Bosque Resource, Conservation and Development Council, was originally set up at one of the county barns for a tire recycling day for county residents to bring in old tires. However, very few people brought in tires, so commissioners decided to go ahead and move the trailer to dump site and fill it up with old tires taken off the property.

Despite Saturday’s large haul of tires, there are still hundreds of tires left on the property that have to be removed. Future tire removal from the property is planned, and the county will receive some assistance from the West Central Texas Council of Governments in Abilene, which is planning to provide more trailers for tire removal at the property.

Last week county and city officials meet Doug Burks, the Environmental Project Manager for WCTCOG, who was in town to see how the organization could assist the city and county with cleaning up the area. Click here to read the Breckenridge Texan article on Burks’ survey of the property.

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Workers at the North Jackson Street property wait for tires to lifted up by a tractor so they can sort and load them into a trailer to be hauled away. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: County employee Richard Huckaby and volunteers Jesi Warren and Madi Warren load tires onto a front end loader to be hauled away from an illegal dump site on Saturday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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