City to collect and recycle tires at Mitchell landfill starting in September

“It’s a good program. It helps keep tires out of ditches,” Street and Sanitation Supervisor Kevin Roth said

Kevin Roth, street and sanitation supervisor for the city of Mitchell, talks about the bulldozing that goes on at the Mitchell Regional Landfill. The city will be accepting tires at the landfill during the month of September.
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MITCHELL — The Mitchell landfill is gearing up to collect tires throughout September.

As part of a grant program with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR), the city will recycle the tires at the Mitchell Regional Landfill on the south edge of Mitchell, located at 41176 257th St.

According to Street and Sanitation Supervisor Kevin Roth, the city collected and recycled roughly 350 tons of tires at the landfill in 2019 — the most recent year the city took part in the DANR’s tire recycling program.

“It’s a good program. It helps keep tires out of ditches,” Roth said.

Recycling tires can pose challenges because the rubber cannot be melted down and reused like many other recyclable items. Among some limited ways tires can be recycled are grinding them down to be reused for material in turf and playground surfacing.


After the tires are dropped off at the landfill, they will ultimately be shredded and recycled.

Tires from retailers or businesses will not be accepted, according to city officials.

City officials estimate the collection period will extend about four weeks throughout September. The city will release the official timeline of the tire collection period prior to September.

A year after the city of Mitchell switched to single-stream recycling, city officials are overall pleased with the effectiveness of the new program that help boost residential participation, while commercial recycling dwindled.
In less than a month, Mitchell residents accustomed to having their garbage collected in their alley by city workers will face a decision if they want to keep that service.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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