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Volunteers collect seven tonnes of abandoned tyres

THE last of 835 used tyres weighing more than seven tonnes were collected from public land in Rokeby on 2 December 2015.

The tyres, which were illegally dumped at the site, were collected and cleaned by 17 volunteers, including members of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Tranmere Clarence Plains Land and Coast Care, and a Community Service Order team.

They will now be taken to Longford for shredding and recycling by Tyrecycle.

Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc director Peter McGlone said it took the volunteers three hours to collect and clean all the tyres for removal.

“The locals and I decided to intervene as we thought the tyres were ugly and a potential fire risk,” he said.

“If the tyres were burnt, it would be the equivalent of 7,000 litres of diesel burning, potentially spilling into the Clarence Plains Rivulet which is less than 50-metres away, and Ralphs Bay, only 200-metres away.

“It was a magnificent effort and shows that locals really care for their local reserves.”

Anonymous reports of car tyres can be made via the website tastyrecleanup.com.