Officials propose Lamar Co. tire disposal site

By HASKEL BURNS,

With only two options for waste tire disposal in south Mississippi – one facility in Forrest County and another in Jackson – Lamar County officials are working toward a site of their own at 481 Yawn School Road in Lumberton. 

The issue was discussed at last week’s meeting of the Lamar County Board of Supervisors, where property owner Jeff Dickens said the site would be available to individuals or businesses with any amount of tires needing disposal. The facility also would provide a much closer location for county workers to dump waste tires found on the side of the road, rather than hauling them the 100-or-so miles to Mississippi Tire Recycling in Jackson. 

“I am for the tire disposal site; it is something that’s very badly needed,” District 2 Supervisor Warren Byrd said. “I’ve been in the tire business for 20 years, so I know. 

“This is a good thing, and it’s needed. It’s been brought to my attention that the (disposal site) that’s closest, that serves all the retail tire stores in south Mississippi, is reaching capacity.”

Dickens said while the facility would start off as simply a disposal site, it’s his intention to expand it into a full recycling station within the next couple of years. Of the 17 acres at the current site, six have been approved for the burial of waste tires. 

“Then what we’ll do is just add to it – we own 200 acres,” he said. “Supposedly, you can put 144,000 square yards in six acres; that’s what you can bury. But I’m hoping we’ll be in the recycling stage before that’s ever reached.”

Officials plan to work with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to get the site approved, and will conduct a needs assessment and send plans to state officials.