Follow that truck! News10NBC finds out where illegally dumped tires go

December 12, 2018 06:22 PM

News10NBC is investigating why people are illegally dumping used tires all around the city.

We showed you how the city had cleaned up some of the mess we've exposed. But while we tracked that clean up, News10NBC saw something that led us to more answers. 


The problem is piles of old tires dumped in the city. News10NBC has security camera video catching someone dumping tires behind a restaurant on Merchants Street on the city's east side. 

We also found a mess next to Jody Torella's home on the west side.  

Jody Torella, city resident: "Every single time I go in and out, I have to look at this and that's not fair." 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean spoke to Torella on Black Friday.

On Wednesday, the backyard next to her house was cleaned up, the tires picked up and taken away. But when News10NBC was looking for other locations, we saw a city truck packed with tires. 

"Call 211," one of the crew members in the truck yelled. 

News10NBC asked if we could show their work. Instead they told us to call the city information number and took off. So we decided to follow them. 

We started down Lyell Avenue. Then, the truck zigzagged through the city's west side.

Eventually the pickup truck snuck around a tractor trailer and disappeared. But we kept going in the same direction, and that led us to the county's recycling center and that's where we found a giant pile of old, used tires.

The tires we found include some of the tires that got dumped in the city. We wanted to know what happens to them now, so we reached the county's director of environmental services. 

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean: "So where do they go?" 

Mike Garland, director of Monroe County Environmental Services: "So those tires, Cascade Recovery [a county contractor] is responsible to take those tires and they send them to Seneca Meadows where they are shredded and disposed of properly there."

Brean: "Do you think some of those tires that are getting illegally dumped in the city are ending up in that pile?" 

Garland: "I do and the good news is we have a relationship with the City of Rochester where they collect residential waste tires as well as tires that may have been illicitly disposed of. They can collect them and bring them to the resource recovery facility knowing that they will be properly managed and disposed of."

Garland said the county handles 1,100 tons of old tires every year but when the city drops off an illegally dumped tires, the county charges the city money. So when someone dumps tires in the city, it's a dump on taxpayers. 


Berkeley Brean

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