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Got Old Tires? Recycle Them!

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September 13, 2010

Residents of Fallbrook and the surrounding unincorporated areas in San Diego county can recycle their used passenger and small-truck tires from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Fallbrook High School’s Winterhaven parking lot, located at 1050 Winterhaven Road.

Since the state banned the disposal of whole tires at landfills in California in 1993, San Diego County has offered amnesty days and public education for recycling and disposal of tires, funded partially by state grants.

“We’ve seen how the rubber can meet the road again with recycled tires used in making our County roads,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn. “This event is a great chance to clean up back yards and help with the environment.”

Illegally abandoned tires continue to be a problem on county roadways and throughout the rural areas of the unincorporated area. Tires are an excellent breeding environment for mosquitoes, which are a known vector for West Nile virus, malaria, and encephalitis. In addition, the threat of fire and further illegal dumping is always a critical concern in the region.

Residents may recycle up to nine tires per vehicle if they are reasonably clean and free of excessive dirt or other foreign matter. Inside tire diameter size is limited to 16.5 inches. Tires from business or commercial sources, large truck tires, or tires mounted on rims will not be accepted.

The event is sponsored by the San Diego County Recycling Program and funded by a grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Support for the event is also provided by Keep Fallbrook Clean and Green and the Fallbrook Union High School District.

For more information, or to make arrangements to recycle larger tires, tires with rims or loads of more than nine tires, call the County Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste hotline at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784).