City works to combat 'tired' problem - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City works to combat 'tired' problem

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A city dump truck closed Carnes Avenue Friday morning as it addressed a tired old problem.

"They been back there for months," Ruby Stein Patterson said about the stacks of tires in her community. "You can't even sit on the porch anymore. Sure can't because the mosquitoes are so bad they all in your face."

Contractors worked as an assembly line moving tires, where they say time and time again, they continue to pile up.

Around the corner on Spottswood Avenue, the same crew had to clean up around another home, where last year, they found more than 8,000 tires.

According to Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, devoting government resources to the problem is more expensive than expanding the tire redemption program.

"We need to do two to three tire redemption programs a year and right now we're only doing one a year. And I think it's a shame," he said.

How and why it is getting cleaned up now is inconsequential to some. They are just pleased to see it getting done.

"Ooooh, I'm so glad," said Patterson.

City and council officials say it is implausible to track old tires, which makes it hard to enforce laws.

Which make law enforcement difficult.

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