Old tires stack up illegally in sites across county

See dumping? Call 728-7067

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 10/11/18

An uptick in tire dumping has Bradley County Fire Chief Shawn Fairbanks concerned and spreading the word for local residents to be on guard against internet ads promising the delivery of old tires for construction and craft projects.

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Old tires stack up illegally in sites across county

See dumping? Call 728-7067

BRADLEY COUNTY officials are warning the public to be aware of anyone offering to bring them old tires to be used for construction, craft or other projects. Some area residents have found hundreds of tires dumped on their property after responding to social media posts and ads on Craigslist and other sales sites.
BRADLEY COUNTY officials are warning the public to be aware of anyone offering to bring them old tires to be used for construction, craft or other projects. Some area residents have found hundreds of tires dumped on their property after responding to social media posts and ads on Craigslist and other sales sites.
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An uptick in tire dumping has Bradley County Fire Chief Shawn Fairbanks concerned and spreading the word for local residents to be on guard against internet ads promising the delivery of old tires for construction and craft projects.

Earlier this week, Fairbanks asked members of the Bradley County Commission to let him know if any of their constituents complain about tires being dumped on their property. Fairbanks said there is a "con artist" who has been targeting Bradley County and surrounding counties recently. That individual, who Fairbanks did not want to name publicly at this time, has been using several social media platforms and websites to find property to dump old tires.

"He dumps up to 200 to 3,000 tires on their property and then he never sees them again," Fairbanks said. "I've got three locations I'm dealing with now."

Fairbanks said he has tracked the man to Trenton, Georgia, and understands he won't deliver tires to Bradley County, but sends his employees here to drop off tires.

"We've got TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) involved," he said.

Fairbanks said he understands the man is paid to remove old tires from businesses, but instead of disposing of them properly he finds ways to dump them on the property of unsuspecting local residents. Fairbanks is looking at developing a charge of dumping tires in a Tennessee watershed.

"I just need to know where all he's dumped tires in Bradley County," Fairbanks said.

He also noted that affected residents and other property owners should file a report with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

Fairbanks said he understands the man allegedly told a Rolling Brook subdivision resident he would show her how to make "what-nots" she could sell to earn $1,000 per week. Other local residents have said the man told them they could use tires to build storage sheds and other buildings, Fairbanks said.

Commissioner Charlotte Peak, who works in the construction industry, said if you see someone trying to build a structure using tires, you should let authorities know, because such construction is not permitted.

Bradley County Commissioner Tim Mason, who is also environmental codes enforcement officer for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, and also Tennessee Department of Transportation litter coordinator with the BCSO, said anyone caught dumping tires will be prosecuted in General Sessions Court.

Mason added in the past three months he has seen an increase of illegally dumped tires, including several piles of tires discovered by Bradley County Road Department crews.

Tires that are not disposed of properly can affect public health by serving as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and can affect public safety if they are burned.

"One tire puts off two gallons of toxins once it's burning," Fairbanks said, adding that burning tires require a lot of time and resources to put out the flames.

To report tire dumping, call Fairbanks at 728-7067 or contact him via email at sfairbanks@bradleycountytn.gov.

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