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Got Old Tires? Recycle Them!

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Old tires clogging the back of your garage or shed? Need to get rid of those tires stacked behind the house? Thanks to collaboration between the County of San Diego and the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, you can recycle them free at a ONE DAY ONLY tire recycling event for unincorporated County residents and tribal members. Tires can be recycled for free at the following location:

• San Pasqual Reservation Community Park at 27458 North Wohlford Road, Valley Center from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. on Saturday April 5,2008

County recycling officials hope to collect 1,200 tires at the event, tires that might otherwise be dumped illegally. In 2006, County roads crews collected 856 abandoned tires on roadsides in unincorporated areas, and increase of about 300 percent since 2003. County staff has collected 5,740 tires at the 2007/2008 collection events alone. The County expects to collect an additional 3,800 tires at tire events scheduled through the end of June 08.

“We always get great mileage out of these events,” said 5th District Supervisor Bill Horn. “Illegally dumped tires continue to be a significant and expensive problem throughout rural areas in the county. By giving residents an opportunity to recycle the tires for free, it reduces pollution in the area, decreases fire and pest problems and cuts future cleanup costs.”

The event is open to all county residents who live in unincorporated areas and San Pasqual and other tribal members. Recycling requirements include:

• No tires with rims or wheels
• Residential tires only. No truck, tractor, or business tires.
• Tires must be reasonably clean
• Maximum size of 16.5 inches inside diameter
• Limit of nine tires per resident (those with 10 or more, call 1-877-R-1-EARTH)
• Visit www.wastefreesd.org for recycling information.

The program is funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Recycled tires are used in a variety of ways—including the building of quieter and longer-lasting roads.