2NEWS Follow Up: Green Country man's tires picked up for free after contacting the Problem Solvers
3:56 PM, Nov 6, 2013
7:01 PM, Nov 6, 2013
TULSA - One week after a Green Country man contacted the 2NEWS Problem Solvers about more than 100 tires illegally dumped on his lot, a company contracted with the state's Department of Environmental Quality came to pick them up free of charge.
Tracy Witt's hobby shop on the north side of Tulsa recently became a dumping ground of castaway spares and ripped up rubber rings.
They sat in the corner of his lot against an old, beat up SUV Tracy planned to scrap for cash.
As Tracy stared up the small mountain of tires, he realized he had a mounting problem: the expense of getting them removed and disposed of.
"I went to a couple of different shops around here and they wanted $2.50 to $4.00 a tire to dispose of them. So it's nice that they gave me a little $500-$600 present," he said.
Then, Tracy contacted the 2NEWS Problem Solvers, who, in turn, contacted the state's Department of Environmental Quality to see what could be done about the tires that weren't his.
DEQ said that because Tracy was the victim of an illegal dump, they could take the tires free of charge.
Within two days, a member of DEQ met with Tracy to fill out paperwork to have them removed.
Wednesday, Eric Wiliams with RTR Environmental, a company contracted through DEQ, picked up Tracy's tires.
In the mean time, Tracy says he will be installing video cameras and a DVR to try to record the people who've chosen his lot for dumping.
A Tulsa Police Department spokeswoman says illegal tire dumping can result in jail time if caught. The city's 211 help line advises calling the Mayor's Action Line -- (918) 596-2100 -- in addition to contacting police if you find yourself in a similar situation.