Good Question: Where did all of the old tires go in Berkeley County?

Good Question

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – In this week’s Good Question, Jim wonders where the millions of tires were taken after Liberty cleaned up the old Viva Tire Recycling plant in Berkeley County.

Count on 2 covered this project from beginning to end. Recent video showed a world of difference at the facility compared to the nightmare it was after Viva abandoned the site.

Liberty Tire Recycling got the contract to clean up the millions of tires last August. The clean-up was funded through $3.5 million in grants from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

But what happened to the nearly 14,000 tons of tires taken away in the past eight months?

Most were recycled, but the ones that couldn’t be recycled were ground up and placed in one of Liberty Tire’s monofills.

Liberty has three permitted facilities for tire disposal. Two are in North Carolina in Cameron and Concord and a third in South Carolina at Ridge Recyclers in Johnson.

So, that is where most tired ended up.

There is also another Viva Recycling facility in need of cleanup. This one is in Anderson County in the upstate.

That site is currently assessing the number of tires there and determining the next course of action for managing them.

Viva ordered to pay nearly $1.7 million and had 30 days from February of last year. They have not paid any portion of that civil penalty yet.

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