Berkeley County needs another $1.5M to remove tires from abandoned plant

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Tire removal at the old Viva Tire Recycling Plant in Monks Corner is going to cost more than anticipated.

County Council has approved applying for an additional $1.5 million for the project.

County officials said at the beginning that they were not certain exactly how many tires were at the facility, but estimated upwards of 800,000 old tires.

It looks like that number may be closer to 1.4 million or more.

Ahead of the project, the tire pile around the plant was immense.

Liberty Tire Recycling, who won the bid to remove them, is being paid $2 million from the $2 per tire recycling fee you pay when you buy a tire.

Well, the county took the next step toward applying for another $1.5 million of that money from DHEC to hopefully get this mess completely cleared up. Today, it looks much better than it did in the past.

The committee has passed requesting this 1.5 million, but the full council will need to vote on this again January 28.

Right now, there is no word on an exact date when the cleanup could finish, but they’re saying it should be no later than June 20 of this year.

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