Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) has come to the rescue of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust by helping to remove over 1,000 tyres illegally fly tipped at the Trust’s Brockadale nature reserve.
Following the discovery of the tyres at the entrance to the Brockadale reserve, located near Little Smeaton in North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust made an urgent appeal for assistance to help remove them from the site.
MTS answered the call and dispatched a team to assess the tyres, before making arrangements to have them removed and taken away for recycling.
As part of the assessment process, MTS’s expert team discovered many were illegal part-worn tyres, raising concerns they may have been dumped by rogue traders operating in the area.
Graham Mitchell, MTS Wholesale Director, said: “The illegal fly tipping of over 1000 tyres in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a crucial habitat for wildlife is a terrible act of environmental vandalism.
“When MTS was alerted to what had happened, our immediate response was to offer our help and expertise to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to remove the tyres on the reserve.
“On arriving at the site, our inspection team also discovered a number of illegal part-worn tyres amongst the tyres fly tipped at the reserve.
As we know from our extensive campaigning on this issue, illegal part-worns are the scourge of the industry, sold by unscrupulous traders with no consideration of the safety and environmental risks they pose.”
“The environmental impact comes from the four million additional scrap casings generated for disposal in the UK that comes from illegal part-worn tyres. This incident of fly tipping at the reserve may well be linked to this disposal process.”
Karen McDiarmid, Nature Reserves Team Leader at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We were devastated to discover up to 1,000 fly tipped tyres at Brockadale nature reserve, a much-loved and ecologically important reserve.
“We are truly grateful to MTS for reaching us and offering to remove and recycle the tyres free of charge. Their extraordinary gesture of goodwill has saved us hundreds of pounds; vital funds that can now be spent on our work to protect and restore Yorkshire’s wildlife and wild places.”
Once the tyres are removed from the reserve by Protyre’s recycling partner they will be put into a tyre recycling process, in which the tyres will granulated and the tyre crumb produced used for a range of purposes.
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