Recycling Center to offer tire amnesty days

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thanks to a new grant, the Greene County Recycling Center will again be accepting old vehicle tires at no charge.

The $1,500 grant comes from the Indiana Department of Health's West Nile Disease Awareness program and is administered by the Greene County Health Department.

The upcoming tire amnesty week will be April 25-30.

Each person can bring in up to eight car or truck tires that are off the rim at no charge.

On the rim, there will be a $4 charge for the car or truck tires.

There will be no change in the fee for some larger type tires.

Larger tires from semis will carry a $6 fee, front tractors will be charged $3, and large tractor tires will be charged $1 per inch on the bead width. On the rim, the charge is doubled.

"This (amnesty) week is geared toward just the everyday residents that changes their car and truck tires. A lot of times people will save them thinking they might use them as a spare. A lot of times they end up stashed out in the garage or in the backyard," Greene County Solid Waste Management Agency Supervisor Erek Wilson said. "This is just an opportunity to get rid of those for free."

Standing water in old tires is a prime breeding ground for mosquitos. West Nile virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird, according to information from the Indiana Department of Health.

Last year, more than 2,000 discarded vehicle tires were turned in to the recycling center during a five-day amnesty period in June.

The Recycle Center, located south of the State Road 57/54 junction (Lighthouse junction) and west on Baseline Road, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.

For more information contact the Recycling Center by calling 659-3788.

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