Thursday, April 27, 2017

KPB Affiliates In Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry Counties Receive Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

The Tire War, hosted annually by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful, Keep Juniata County Beautiful, PA CleanWays of Mifflin County and Keep Perry County Beautiful, received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Harrisburg at a special dinner hosted by the Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Environmental Council Tuesday.
“The Environmental Excellence Awards show just how many Pennsylvanians, from fourth-grade students to factory owners, care deeply about the air, land, and water in their communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “We all benefit, as their commitment to tackling important environmental challenges improves our quality of life statewide.”
The “Tire War” program began in 2006 when the affiliates decided to turn the otherwise unglamorous tire collections into a friendly competition to see who could collect the most tires from their county’s residents.
At the end of each event, the county that collected the most tires that year proudly took home the “Gold Rim Award,” an actual gold painted tire rim to proudly display, and the bragging rights for the next year.  
The tires that are collected are shipped to a processor where they are turned into useful products like rubber mulch, play and athletic turf, and even crumb rubber for road surfaces.
The collections have gathered and recycled over 35,000 tires from local County residents since 2006. These tires are prevented from ending up over the hill or in waterways where they would pose serious environmental impacts.
Tires do not biodegrade, but decompose and leach toxic chemicals that contaminate soil and water. Tires also provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes, increasing the risk of West Nile Virus and Zika Virus.
“Our local affiliates share our mission of empowering Pennsylvanians to keep our communities clean and beautiful. By coordinating annual tire collections, our affiliates consistently provide their residents with a convenient, low cost option for tire disposal, keeping them off our public lands where they become an environmental hazard and are costly to remove,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Since the Tire War program’s inception, affiliates have reported finding less tires during illegal dump cleanups. We congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition.”
The Tire Wars are sponsored in part by the Department of Environmental Protection’s HHW/Small Business Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.
Sign up now for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.
(Photo: Brent Leach, Keep Juniata County Beautiful; Shannon Reiter, Keep PA Beautiful; Pam Sechrist and Mindy Williams, PA CleanWays of Mifflin County; Sally Tengeres and Kristie Smith, Keep Perry County Beautiful; Stacia-Fe Gillen, Keep Huntingdon County Beautiful.)

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