Tammy Haymon, KALB’s Education Coordinator and I had the pleasure of manning one of the “stations” at Cub Scout Camp in Decatur recently. About 120 boys attended, including several from Limestone County troops. The theme of this year’s camp was metals. What better way to get a young boy’s attention, than by letting him build his own robot with a huge selection of “parts” from which to choose? Before the boys could begin building their robots, important lessons had to be learned about metals. Tammy presented a PowerPoint program and shared information about the types of metals, the mining process, and also the protection of natural resources and cost savings when these metals are recycled rather than tossed in the trash.
Every one of these boys can now explain how to tell the difference between ferrousand non-ferrous metals and how they are separated when they are recycled. The lesson was like eating your vegetables because it’s required to get dessert. The boys patiently listened to Tammy and me, but could not wait to begin building their own robot to take home!
KALB would like to thank our Recycling Center, Electricfil in Elkmont, Don
Wojtal, and Ruby McCartney for supplying the nuts, bolts, wire, bottle caps, Christmas tree ornaments, metal cans, fittings, screws, and an array of other treasures for this project. As you can see by the photos, it was a great project with some very unique results! If you are interested in having KALB provide activities for a group, please call us. Tammy just loves to be with the kids. Ahem… and just wait until school is back in session and the kids get to hear us sing!
When, Where, And Why
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans wear out about 290 million tires every year. About 80% of tires are recycled. What about the other 20%? If you have old tires stored away somewhere, we’d like to encourage you to dispose of them properly.
Here is what NOT to do:
Don’t store them outdoors, toss them in the river, or dump them in the woods. Tires collect water and provide a great breeding ground for mosquitoes and nests for rodents. Don’t burn them! Burning tires creates thick smoke which contain dangerous pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, styrene, phenols, and butadiene. The oily substance created by burning tires contains lead and arsenic and can contaminate nearby water supplies or ground water. Don’t take them to the landfill. The vulcanizing process used on tires makes them nearly indestructible, leaving these tires to take up precious landfill space for decades to come.
Here is what you SHOULD do:
Thanks to a grant received by the Limestone County Commission from the Alabama Dept of Environmental Management, Limestone County residents can take old tires to any of the four district sheds from now through mid-September. Residents will be required to show a valid driver’s license or utility bill as proof of residency.
LOCATIONS AND DROP-OFF TIMES:
District 1 Shed: 22555 Elkton Road, Athens, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
District 2 Shed: 24795 Pepper Road, Athens, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
District 3 Shed: 14119 Ripley Road, Athens, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
District 4 Shed: 22155 Section Line Road, Elkmont, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There are over 100 products currently made using recycled tires, including rubberized asphalt, low-maintenance decking material, indestructible mulch for your flower garden, and cushiony surfaces for running tracks, basketball courts, and outdoor playgrounds.
Don’t wait! Recycle your tires now, because time flies and September will be here before we know it!