A company contracted to shred used tires has gone out of business, leaving huge mounds of at least 100,000 tires stockpiled at a West Prince shale pit.
In 2008, a company called DTR Environmental Services received an untendered contract from Island Waste Management Corporation to shred and dispose of the used tires as they came in to the site located in Huntley, near Alberton. Before that, tires were shipped off Island.
DTR was paid $2 for each tire. It's estimated the company received about 200,000 tires a year.
Island Waste Management Corporation kept track of the tires that go to the site, and estimates there are between 100,000 to 200,000 tires stockpiled.
But those who live nearby and Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader Steven Myers believe there are many more than that.
"There's piles and piles and piles of tires up there, I'd be surprised if that's one winter's worth of tires up there," said Myers.
"There's an untendered government contract given out to shred tires and the tires don't get shredded and they're all sitting there, and there's a watercourse all around it," said Myers.
The company normally shredded tires throughout the summer and stockpiled them over winter, said Gerry Moore, IWMC chief executive officer.
In June, environmental officials stepped in and determined DTR had exceeded the maximum 100,000-tire limit allowed on the site at any one time.
Workers laid off
"The amount of tires that were supposed to be processed, were not. As a result of that Island Waste Management did not allow any further tires to go to that facility," said Moore.
But IWMC had already paid DTR to shred the tires.
"We are looking at all means to have the tires cleaned up and the contract fulfilled," said Moore.
DTR president Scott Dawson declined to do an interview, but he said when his company's recycling permit was pulled in June, his revenue flow dried up.
He had to lay off workers and couldn't shred the tires.
The company is now out of business.
The company that had hauled the tires to the shale pit, HI Construction, is out of business as well, said Dawson.
That's a total loss of 25 to 30 jobs, said Dawson.
IWMC has been shipping tires off Island since June and has now called for new proposals to dispose of the tires.
It will begin reviewing those proposals later this month.