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IV Waste Management to conduct tire cleanup in July

June 02, 2002|STAFF REPORT

More than 60,000 tires have been dumped illegally alongside roads throughout Imperial County, but the blemishes won't remain there for long.

The Imperial Valley Waste Management Task Force, which recently received a $190,130 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, will conduct a tire cleanup beginning in July.

The task force represents the cities of Brawley, Calipatria, Calexico, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial and Westmorland as well as the unincorporated areas of the county. The yearlong program will provide free disposal services of tires for all Imperial County residents.

The cleanup will consist of two components: collection bins for tires to be dropped off and roadside pickup. On the second Saturday of each month, tire collection bins will be placed at a designated landfill. The landfill will accept used or waste tires free of charge from Imperial Valley residents.

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Task force staff, Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, Imperial Valley 4-H and Boy Scout members will remove tires along county roadsides on the first, third and fourth Saturdays of each month..

In addition to collecting tires, the task force will ensure the collected tires are kept out of landfills by transporting them to First Nation Recovery Facility in Mecca, which provides high-quality crumb rubber for paving and other products.

Those whose organizations would be interested in providing volunteers to pick up tires on a specific Saturday may contact the task force at 1 (877) RECYCLE.

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