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Free Tire Recycling Day Set for Spring Valley

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Residents of Spring Valley and the surrounding unincorporated areas in San Diego County can bring used passenger and small truck tires to Monte Vista High School’s parking lot located at 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd. on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

“This is a great way for people turn a problem into something useful,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “Instead of filling up landfills, these old tires will be shredded and re-used to top our roads and create safe mulch for gardens and playgrounds.”

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, 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 - reasonably clean and free of excessive dirt or other foreign matter. Inside tire diameter size is limited to 16.5 inches. Tires mounted on rims will not be accepted. No large truck tires and no tires from business or commercial sources will be accepted.

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

This one-day event is sponsored by the County of San Diego Recycling Program and a grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Support for the event is also provided by Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce and Grossmont Unified High School District.

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