Free tire collection exceeds expectations
Some 6,000 tires were dropped off last Saturday at Lakewood High School. That was nearly three times the amount anticipated, Licking County Health Commissioner Joe Ebel said.
The Licking County Health Department sought a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to pay for the cost of tire disposal. Ebel said the tires will be recycled and reused for beneficial purposes.
“Scrap tires are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes which can pose a significantpublic health risk by causing serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as West Nile Virus,” Ebel added. He was pleased to remove such a large number of potential mosquito breeding sites from around the county.
He thanked Lakewood School District for providing the drop-off site and allowing extended storage; and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and the Licking-Muskingum Community Correctional Center for providing inmate labor to load the trailers.
The final free drop-off event is set for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Eden Township building, 10298 Purity Road, St. Louisville. All types of tires will be accepted with a limit of 20 tires per person accepted.