The Lamoille County edition of the 13th annual Wheels for Warmth had a mighty busy two days.
First, it collected about 400 safe, reusable tires that were then sold for between $20 and $30 per tire to Vermonters who need good tires.
In addition, more than 150 unsafe, unusable tires were collected and will be disposed of responsibly.
All the money from tire sales and tire disposal fees will go to Wheels for Warmth, a fund that provides emergency fuel assistance to Vermonters who need help heating their homes this winter.
State Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, and the Stowe Rotary Club did a lot of the work for the Stowe portion of Wheels for Warmth, one of 14 tire-collection centers.
“I am so proud to be part of the Wheels for Warmth program, and the results from this year’s Stowe Tire Drop-Off are indicative of precisely why,” Scheuermann said. “People came from all over the area to donate their tires to both raise money for heating assistance for our friends and neighbors in need this winter, and to provide safe, reusable tires at affordable prices to those in need of tires.”
“Even in the cold, windy rain on Thursday, cars and trucks continued to roll in with their tires to donate, and it continued through until Friday evening,” said Jen Colin, president of the Stowe Rotary Club. “This is a testament to the kindness and incredible generosity of the people in our region.”
All told, this year’s program raised a record $66,000, selling 1,845 safe, DMV-inspected tires at affordable prices and recycling 3,157 unsafe tires.
Since now-Gov. Phil Scott founded the program in 2005, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $428,000, with proceeds from both tire sales and recycling going directly to heating assistance programs at community action agencies throughout Vermont.
Over that period, the program has sold nearly 19,000 tires and recycled more than 31,000 tires, decreasing the number of unused tires that might have otherwise ended up in Vermont’s rivers and along roadways.