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Lilburn officials released this photo of some of the more than 3,000 tires that they said have been illegally dumped behind Lilburn Market Center on Lawrenceville Highway.

Lilburn officials are teaming up with property owners at a shopping center on Lawrenceville Highway to clean up more than 3,000 illegally dumped tires, the city announced on Thursday.

The tires had been dumped behind Lilburn Market Center, but city officials did not specify who they believe may have dumped them there. The cleanup is expected to take several days to complete, with Lilburn Public Works Director Mike Helton overseeing the process.

“The City of Lilburn is partnering with private property owners to resolve a devastating, expensive environmental issue,” Lilburn spokesman Brian Burchik said in a statement. “The city of Lilburn has an agreement with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for reimbursement of the costs for the cleanup, which will be $12,000+.”

Lilburn Market Center is located at 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, at the intersection with Killian Hill Road and near Lilburn City Hall.

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mikey smith

the renegade tire stores need to be stopped,licensed and permitted.the do it yourself junkyards need to hold accountable the purchasers of bulk purchasers of used tires.i see it all the time.they buy anything that they think will needs to stop right there.if you need a tire or two,thats fine,but buying used tires by the trailer load needs to stop.


Tires have serial numbers. It should not be difficult to trace the tires back to the the previous owners of the tires. Most of these people will gladly tell the investigator who replaced these tires. Unless the serial numbers were removed from each tire, it should be very easy to track down the person who did this.

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