Phil Scott is once again asking Vermonters to spare those tires no longer in use by donating them to the 10th annual Wheels for Warmth tire recycle and resale event.
Established by Scott in 2005, Wheels for Warmth’s three goals are to: raise funds for emergency fuel assistance; create a resource of DMV-inspected tires that are deemed safe for at least one season of use, for sale at no more than $25 per tire; and reduce the number of tires being discarded in rivers and along the roadside, by providing a convenient, inexpensive method of disposal.
In nine years, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $213,000 for emergency fuel assistance, sold more than 11,000 safe, donated tires, and recycled almost 18,000 unsafe, unusable tires.
Tires will be collected through Friday, October 17, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations. PLEASE NOTE: DMV inspectors are not available at these sites, so all tires dropped off at these sites require a $4 fee:
• Bond Auto
– 590 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury
– 141 Strongs Ave, Rutland
– 417 Lower Plain, Bradford
– 413 Main Street, Enosburg Falls
– 358 VT Route 7, South Milton
• Vianor Tire
– 3588 Route 5, Derby
– 375 River Street, Montpelier
– 275 Munson Ave, Morrisville
– 133 Strongs Ave, Rutland
– 1836 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury
– Chester Road, Springfield
– 1298 South Brownell Road, Williston
• Village Grocery
4348 Main St., Waitsfield
• Dick Mazza’s General Store
777 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester
Tires will also be accepted on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following two locations:
• DuBois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Road, Middlesex
• Casella Waste Management, 220 Avenue B, Williston
At these sites, DMV inspectors will check tires to determine if they can be re-sold (safe for at least one more season). If tires can be sold, donor pays nothing and may include their value as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. Tires that can’t be sold may be recycled at $4/tire.
The tire sale will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:
• DuBois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Rd., Middlesex
• Tires can also be dropped off during this time.
Thanks to the generosity of business sponsors: Accura Printing, Bond Auto, Casella Waste Management, DuBois Construction, Jet Service Envelope, Vianor Tire and Auto Service, Village Grocery, WDEV, WorkSafe and individual volunteers, all costs associated with promoting and implementing Wheels for Warmth are covered without using program funds. All of the funds (yes, 100 percent) from tire sales, disposal fees and contributions go directly to emergency fuel programs at Capstone Community Action, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, and BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont.
Learn more at www.wheelsforwarmth.com.