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County Moves to Clean Up Shuttered Tire Recycling Facility

by Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer 

Anderson County is putting pressure on the owners of the closed Viva Tire Recycling Center on Abbeville Highway after the announced agreement by the company to clean up their facility in Moncks Corner. 

“We put the wheels in motion the day after I saw this in the Charleston Post-Courier,” said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. 

Burns and Anderson County Solid Waste Director Greg Smith met with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Aug. 1 to come up with a plan for the clean up of the Anderson site. 

“We met with DHEC to discuss the issue of money for cleanup of the property,” Smith said. “We are working on an estimate of what it will cost to cleanup the site.”

Earlier this year DHEC gave the Berkely County almost $2 million to cover the cost of the cleanup, but the tires must be removed within two years. The county said its timeline is 10 months. 

Smith said the Anderson facility differs from the Berkley facility and will require a different approach to clean up the site. 

“Berkley’s cleanup will be shipping out whole tires, while the site in Anderson has more chipped up tires, shredded tires, baled tires and construction debris on the property.”

Burns is confidant after meeting with DHEC that the Anderson location will be cleaned up at no cost to the county. 

Residents in and around Homeland Park continue to complain about problems created by the site, including the property being a breeding ground for mosquitoes and rats. 

In 2017, DHEC fined the owners of the site more than $80,000 for violations at the facility, which included filing the lot with more than triple the state’s 20,000-tires legal limit. 

Other fines have been ignored by the current owners, now tentatively listed as EnviroGreen St. Stephen LLC.. which is why the county has taken action to see the site cleaned up.

“We fully expect this is going to be cleaned up sooner rather than later,” Burns said.

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