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.