County may put tire issue to rest |

County may put tire issue to rest

Moffat County officials have been looking for a solution to the county’s tire disposal woes for years, and they may have found one.

About 20,000 tires are piled at the Moffat County landfill. Car and truck tires cost $4 to leave at the landfill, but during Cleanup Craig Days every May, tires can be left there for free.

County officials estimate as many as 4,000 tires are dropped off during Cleanup Craig Days.

The county tried baling the tires, but there aren’t many uses for the bales, so they sit stacked next to the tire pile.

The county looked into paying a private company to shred the tires, but at as much as $4 a tire, it wasn’t cost effective, Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara said.

Tayyara looked into burying the tires in the county’s old mining pits, but state regulations proved too complex and time consuming.

Last month, at the Colorado Counties Incorporated conference in Vail, Tayyara talked to an Alamosa County commissioner about a way to get rid of Moffat County’s old tires.

Alamosa County — thanks in large part to a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) — is the driving force behind a program to dispose of tires in about 15 Colorado counties.

Through the program, counties would chip in $7,500 to purchase a tire-shredding machine that shreds about 1,750 tires per hour, at a cost of 12 cents a tire.

“You can’t beat that price,” Tayyara said.

The $7,500 would be credited back to counties for operation costs.

The machine, called “Hogzilla,” would come to participating counties annually to shred excess tires.

Tayyara said the machine, which costs upwards of $600,000, is far too expensive for any single county to buy alone, but collectively and with matching funds from DOLA, the counties can afford to use the machine.

County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on joining the program.

If the commissioners vote to join the program, they would get in line behind 15 other counties to use the machine. It could take a few months for Hogzilla to arrive in Moffat County, depending on how many tires other counties have.

The ground-up tires will be used as daily cover at the landfill.

“It will cover up trash so it won’t blow away,” said Moffat County Landfill Foreman Nick Rubley.

Road and Bridge Director Bill Mack said a disposal process that utilizes the old tires is what the county needs.

“We’ve been looking for something like this for several years,” Mack said.

Commissioner Tom Gray said even if Hogzilla doesn’t shred as efficiently as the manufacturers claim, it’s still a good idea because it could shred every tire at the landfill in less than a week.

Gray said if the machine can shred 20,000 tires in a week, the county may only need to use it every three or four years.

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