SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Last week's tire fire in Hawkins has many people asking how those hundreds of thousands of tires piled up in the first place.
Clay Lemmert, the owner of The Tire Barn in Tyler says he makes sure his scrap tires are recycled. He says they charge their customers a disposal fee of $2.50 per tire. That money, he says pays for the tires to be picked up and eventually recycled.
"The recycler comes and picks up the tires in a big truck, usually 400, 500 a time," said Lemmert. "We pay the recycler. He disposes of them, and then he turns around and sends us a receipt proving that they were disposed of right."
The TCEQ says tire stores like The Tire Barn should take responsibility and make sure the recycling company its using is properly disposing of the tires. Tires can be recycled for many different purposes. Coming on KLTV 7 News at 6 p.m., we'll tell you what recycled tires can be used for.