FULTON – Oswego County residents can get rid of old tires at the county solid waste transfer stations between 8 a.m. and noon May 9 and Aug. 15.
The days have been designated as Tire Amnesty Days in Oswego County to allow residents to safely dispose of unwanted tires and reduce mosquito-breeding habitats.
The normal tire fee will be waived.
The events are sponsored by State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Oswego County Legislature.
The purpose of the program is to reduce the amount of waste tires and help prevent the spread of mosquitoes which can carry Eastern equine encephalitis and other diseases.
Sources of standing water, including tires, can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“Most people don’t realize that a single waste tire left outside can act as a breeding ground for more than one million mosquitoes,” said Senator Ritchie.
Frank Visser, Oswego County Solid Waste Director, said the county will accept up to eight tires per vehicle at no charge to Oswego County residents.
Additional tires will be accepted but they must be weighed in on the transfer station scales.
There will be a $10 minimum fee for additional tires.
Tractor tires must be cut into quarters.
Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.
For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html
For more information on preventing the spread of EEE, West Nile, and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/