RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – The illegal dumping of tires has always been an issue in Rio Grande City, but officials said it is worse since the pandemic.
Gilbert Millan, Rio Grande City’s Code Enforcement Officer and Planning and Zoning director said they have seen an increase in tire dump sites such as neighborhoods, alleys and empty lots.
“Sometimes with the stimulus money, they are replacing their tires for their vehicle, but at the same token some of these tires are not getting rid of properly,” said Millan.
The code enforcement officer added that they are also seeing more people filing reports.
A few months ago, the city invested in a tire cutter which cuts them into four pieces making it easier to be disposed of while also saving taxpayers money.
“The city offers a city-wide clean-up every month, the last week of the month where families can bring up to four tires per family, we have a tire shredder also,” said Millan.
On top of the tires, you can also bring bulky items at the end of the month to be disposed of at no cost.
Tractor or semi-truck tires will not be allowed, but if you do plan to take your tires to the city-wide clean up, make sure the rims are off.