Where to drop off unwanted tires in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — Residents of Joplin and the neighboring counties of Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Barton, and Vernon will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted automotive passenger tires.

The City of Joplin has announced a Free Tire Drop-Off Event that will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joplin Recycling Center, located at 1310 West A Street.

Participants can bring automotive passenger tires, either with or without rims, for disposal. To ensure the process runs smoothly and that as many residents as possible can participate, there is a limit of ten tires per vehicle, but multiple visits by the same vehicle are not permitted. Please note that semi, tractor, ATV, and racing tires will not be accepted.

The tires collected during the event will be transported to a recycling facility, where they will be repurposed into various useful products including playground cover, garden hoses, trash cans, rug and floor mats, and much more. The metal rims are also recycled, ensuring a comprehensive approach to recycling and waste reduction.

The event is managed by the City of Joplin and is partially funded by the Region M Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

“Our tire drop-off program provides area residents a free way to get rid of their old tires and helps to keep our neighborhoods and natural areas litter-free,” said Scott Patterson, Recycling Coordinator.

“Removing tires can be difficult and expensive because landfills do not accept them. Unfortunately, people may resort to dropping them off along roadways or wooded areas or may leave them in the yard where they collect rainwater and breed mosquitos.”

Whole tires were banned from Kansas and Missouri landfills in the 1990s, necessitating the need for responsible disposal alternatives.

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