(South Harrison, NJ) -- In order to help combat the spread of the West Nile Virus and make getting rid of old tires more convenient, Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney announced that the county will conduct another Tire Amnesty Program for the year 2006.
"We have designated the entire month of March as Tire Amnesty Month for the acceptance of used tires from county residents, farmers, and municipalities," said Freeholder Director Sweeney. Sweeney, who serves as liaison the GCIA/Office of Recycling, the agency conducting the event, said that there will also be one special drop-off day held on a Saturday.
"The last five years' events were a tremendous success as we collected over 107,000 tires. By holding this amnesty program we are helping to eliminate a serious health problem for our residents and their pets and livestock," stated Sweeney. Sweeney noted that old tires are often a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Misquotes can transmit West Nile Virus to humans and animals.
"We are also taking a discarded product and giving it a new useful life," he said. Sweeney noted that once collected, the GCIA will utilize a company to grind the tires and then use the chips for landfill construction projects.
County residents can dispose of up to 25-passenger car and pick-up tires at no cost at the Gloucester County Solid Waste Complex, 493 Monroeville Rd. (Route 694) in South Harrison Township, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Tires will also be collected free of charge on Saturday, March 11th at the Complex from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon. The event will be held rain-or-shine
This program is for Gloucester County residents and farmers ONLY. NO Commercial Businesses that profit from the sale or acceptance of tires will be accepted. In addition, County residents with more than 25 tires MUST contact the GCIA/Office of Recycling at 856-478-6045 (ext. 14) to schedule a specific appointment in order to participate in the program. Tires may be on or off the rims, but they MUST be separated. They will be going in two different piles. MIXED LOADS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
"We are attempting to collect only passenger car and pick-up tires through this program and we are also going to try to accommodate as many municipalities as we can as long as their tires were generated from residential sources," said Sweeney. "We can't accept thousands of tires from any one town, but we will do all we can to help eliminate municipal tire stockpiles. We will work closely with our county farmers to assist them with the disposal of stockpiled tires."
All protocols listed for the residential sector are the same for municipalities and the farming community.
For more information on the 2006 Tire Amnesty Program please contact GCIA/Office of Recycling at 478-6045 (ext. 14).