Fugitive Tire Roundup
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of the youth groups and local businesses that have participated and supported our Fugitive Tire Program over the past 20 years. Your efforts have been hugely successful and together we have cleaned up many of the tire dump sites around the county (from public lands)! Therefore, we have decided to suspend the program and focus our efforts on other aspects of our mission. Although the official program is on hiatus, we will still assist youth groups on an individual bases with their clean up efforts.
The Fugitive Tire Roundup is popular with organized youth groups who want to help the environment and earn some "reward" money for their organization. This annual program, sponsored by area tire dealers, recruits youth groups (posses) from Westmoreland County to capture tires that have escaped into the wild (fields, streams, roadsides) and turn them in to participating tire dealers for proper disposal. By corralling the illegally dumped tires, each posse earns a bounty that can be used to further its own community projects.
Since 1995, over 60,000 fugitive tires that blighted our Westmoreland County landscape have been captured. Scout groups, school groups, 4-H and church groups earned thousands of dollars in bounty payments that flowed back into our community through other service projects. The Roundup is a valuable tool to help rid our landscape of illegally disposed tires, to educate participants on the environmental damage caused by the dumping, and to foster community pride.
Click here for "A Scouting Perspective" of the Fugitive Tire Roundup.
Fugitive Tire Roundup 2015 Results
14 groups — 182 volunteers — 2,754 tires — $1,873 in Bounty payments
A HUGE THANKS to our Partners and Sponsors:
Penn Township, St. Clair Cemetery Association, and Adam Eidemiller Inc
Financial support for this project is provided by the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion companies.
This grant program was administered by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in commitment to its core mission of conserving Pennsylvania's diverse ecosystems through science-based strategy, leadership, and collaboration.