Lt. Governor Phil Scott announces ninth annual Wheels for Warmth tire drop-offs and sale

October 17, 2013 - Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is asking Vermonters to spare those tires no longer in use by donating them to the ninth annual Wheels for Warmth tire recycle and resale event.

Established by Lt. Governor Phil Scott in 2005, the Wheels for Warmth program has three goals:

  • 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 to families in need at a reasonable price;
  • Reduce the number of tires being discarded in rivers and along the roadside, by providing a convenient, inexpensive way to dispose of unwanted tires.

In eight years, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $178,000 for emergency fuel assistance, sold nearly 10,000 safe, donated tires, and recycled almost 16,000 unsafe, unusable tires.

Tires will be collected through Thursday, October 24, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following six locations:

  • Bond Auto, 590 Memorial Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
  • Bond Auto, 141 Strongs Ave, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Bond Auto, 417 Lower Plain, Bradford, VT 05033
  • Bond Auto, 22 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, VT 05478
  • Village Grocery, 4348 Main St., Waitsfield, VT 05673
  • Dick Mazza's General Store, 777 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, VT 05446
  • DMV inspectors are not available at these sites, so all tires require a $4 fee,

And on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the following two locations:

  • DuBois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Rd., Montpelier, VT 05602
  • Casella Waste Management, 220 Avenue B, Williston, VT 05495
  • 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 26, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at:

  • DuBois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Rd., Montpelier, VT 05602
  • 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, WDEV, 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 CVCAC & CVOEO.

Learn more at www.wheelsforwarmth.com.

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