State Helping Tow Tons Of Tires Away

State Helping Tow Tons Of Tires Away


IT INVOLVED A JEEP A-PICKUP AND A VAN. ONE PERSON IS IN CRITICAL POSITION. THE OTHER SERIOUS. AT SOME POINT, YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN ONE OF THOSE PILES OF OLD TIRES DUMPED ILLEGALLY ACROSS COLORADO. NOW COLORADANS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO REMOVE ONE MILLION OF THEM. THE MAJORITY HAVE BEEN RECYCLED THANKS TO THE COLORADO WASTE TIRE PROGRAM RUN BY THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. THERE ARE MANY MORE TO CLEAN UP. HEALTH SPECIALIST KATHY WALSH IN LITTLETON. THIS CLEANUP IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF EFFORT. Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. WORK HAS BEEN UNDER WAY FOR ABOUT A WEEK NOW TO CLEAN UP ALL OF THESE TIRES. THEY BROUGHT IN HEAVY EQUIPMENT TO DIG THEM OUT OF A GULLY AND HAUL THEM AWAY. THIS HUGE PILE IS JUST OUTSIDEOF DENVER IN AN AREA THAT IS RAPIDLY DEVELOPING. THIS IS HAPPY DOG RANCH. Reporter: AND HAPPY DOG RANCH IS A PLACE OF BEAUTY, A HORSE RESCUE AND SANCTUARY ON THE EDGE OF CHATFIELD STATE PARK. YOU’LL FIND ABOUT 40 HORSES HERE PLUS GOATS, CHICKENS, LLAMAS, ONE SHEEP, TWO VERY HAPPY DOGS, AND TIRES, TONS AND TONS OF TIRES. THEY’VE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. WE THINK ABOUT 50 YEARS. Reporter: WHEN JOHN AND BERNDETTE BROUGHT THE TIRES 13 YEARS AGO, TIRES CAME WITH IT PACKED IN A RAVINE. NOW THEY ARE BEING HAULED OUT. DOUGLAS COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT NOTIFIED US A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT THE SITE. Reporter: WITH HOUSING NOW EXPLODING IN THE AREA, RYAN PUSHED HAPPY DOG TO THE TOP OF HIS LIST. HE IS A PROJECT MANAGER FOR COLORADO’S WASTE TIRE PROGRAM. I MEAN, EVERY STATE HAS THEIR CHALLENGES WITH WASTE TIRES. Reporter: THE MISSION IN COLORADO IS TO CLEAN UP ILLEGAL DUMP SITES WHERE THE TIRES CAN TRAP WATER AND BECOME BREEDING GROUNDS FOR MOSQUITOES THAT CARRY DISEASED LIKE THE WEST NILE VIRUS AND WHERE THE MOUNTAIN OF TIRES COULD CATCH FIRE AND RELEASE TOXIC CHEMICALS. IF A FIRE WERE TO TAKE PLACE, THOSE TIRES WOULD BE REALLY DIFFICULT TO PUT OUT. Reporter: IT’S ESTIMATED THE WORK HERE WILL COST MORE THAN $200,000. WE DIDN’T THINK WE COULD EVER DO IT, BUT IT WASN’T IN ANY BUDGET WE COULD EVER FORESEE. Reporter: THEY ARE THANKFUL THE PROGRAM IS FUNDED WITH A 55 CENT FEE TACKED ON NEW TIRE SALES. GETTING THAT OUT OF THERE, YOU ALREADY FEEL A DIFFERENCE. Reporter: ELIMINATING AN EYE SORE MAKES HAPPY DOG RANCH EVEN HAPPIER. EVERY YEAR THE STATE IS ABLE TO CLEANUP ABOUT FIVE TO 10 OF THESE SITES. MOST OF THEM ARE SMALLER THAN THIS ONE. THEY TELL ME THE MAJORITY OF THE TIRES ARE RECYCLED. IN LITTLETON, I’M KATHY WALSH

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