County tire collection to begin Jan. 9

Marion County, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will sponsor a waste tire collection event beginning Jan. 9.

Up to 100 tires of any size will be accepted per household. Tires on rims will also be accepted.

The collection is an opportunity to dispose of old tires which may have accumulated through personal use in garages, barns or other private property.

Waste tires from businesses are excluded from the collection unless they were generated prior to July 1, 1990, when waste tire laws went into effect.

All persons bringing tires to the collection event will be required to sign a register confirming the source of the tires.

Left in the environment, waste tires may serve as breeding places for disease carrying rodents and insects. If tires catch on fire, they are difficult to extinguish and release toxic materials into the air and groundwater.

All tires collected will be transported to a disposal facility in Concordia, where they will be shredded and placed in a landfill containing only waste tire material.

Tires will be collected at the Marion County Road and Bridge site located south of Marion. Tires may be brought to the site from Jan. 9 through Feb. 3, Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

All tires must be brought to the collection site at the times and dates listed. Persons leaving tires outside the collection site at other times may be charged with unlawful dumping.

The waste tire amnesty collection is the final step in a multi-year program administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to rid the state of unwanted waste tires.

Since the cleanup effort began in 1993, more than 10 million waste tires have been processed through the program, which is funded through a 50-cent excise tax on new tire sales.

The state tire cleanup program will end on July 1, 2001, when the excise tax is reduced by half. The remaining revenues will support a permit program and grants to ensure proper disposal of the 2.8 million waste tires generated each year in the state.

For additional information on the Marion County tire disposal event, or for information regarding the disposal of more than 100 waste tires, contact the Marion County Health Department at 316-382-2945.

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