Clean-up continues at former tire recycling plant in Berkeley County

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Tire removal at the old VIVA tire plant in Berkeley County is well underway. Officials close to the project said they have passed a huge number of pounds of tires removed.

It’s hard to believe, but since the work here began more than 12,000,000 pounds of tires have already been removed by Liberty Tire Recycling.

Over the past 13 weeks, trucks carrying an average of 14 tons each have removed 6,435 tons of tires from the site.

“They have trucks going in and out all the time now,” noted Jane Sorgenfrey, who lives next to the former Viva plant.

Liberty Tires has a $2 million contract with the county to remove more than 800,000 tires. We’re told the entire building is now empty of tires.

“It was a mosquito issue that was really bad for me, like for Halloween all we had was like a bunch of tiki torches to keep the mosquitoes away,” said Sorgenfrey. “I haven’t really noticed any difference yet, then again it’s cold weather…”

Councilman Ken Gunn on Tuesday said they have a meeting in Columbia with Liberty planned for November 28th. At that point, they should have a better estimate about how many more tires they have left to remove.

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