The Fairfield County Health Department will host a tire drive event on April 2

The Fairfield County Health Department will host a tire drive event from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 2.

It will take place at the Fairfield County Workforce Development Center, 4465 Coonpath Road, Carroll.

Only county residents are eligible and the cost is $1 per tire, with a maximum of 10 tires per vehicle.

“Ohio’s revised code gives the board of health the power and the duty to reduce nuisance in its jurisdiction,” said Jennifer Valentine, supervisor of the Fairfield County Health Department‘s water and land program. “The Fairfield County Health Department has a solid waste management program funded by the Coshocton Fairfield Licking Perry Solid Waste District, as well as a mosquito control program funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. environment of Ohio.

“Reducing tire-related nuisance is an objective of each program.”

According to the Ohio EPA, more than 12 million scrap tires are generated each year in Ohio, some of which end up in stockpiles or in illegal landfills.

“These open landfills create numerous public health and environmental risks, two of which are of particular concern,” said a 2016 report on the Ohio EPA’s scrap tire program. “First, tire dumps can cause dangerous fires that produce smoke and toxic oils.

“Second, piles of tires are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis.”

The report states that due to growing concerns about illegal tire dumping and large tire inventories, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill in 1993 to regulate scrap tires.

The law gave preference to the Ohio EPA sending tires removed under the state-funded clean-up program to tire salvage facilities for recycling rather than to landfills.

The program is funded by a state tax of $1 per tire on the sale of new tires. Half of this fee goes to the Scrap Tire Management Fund, while the other half goes to the Soil and Water Conservation District Assistance Fund. The fees provide $1.5 million per year to be awarded as grants.

Valentine said an event held by the Fairfield County Health Department last fall resulted in the collection of 1,173 tires. She plans a similar turnout on April 2.

“We hope that holding low-cost tire collection events will encourage the community to properly dispose of tires that may have accumulated on their property and eliminate or prevent tire-related nuisances,” Valentine said. .

She said collected tires will be recycled by Sundown Tire Recycling, which she says is a registered tire collection company.

“Tires exposed to the weather are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which carry many diseases, such as La Crosse encephalitis, Zika and West Nile virus,” she said. “People can come to the tire collection event on April 2 for a low-cost tire disposal option and to avoid tire nuisance in Fairfield County.”

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