FULTON – Oswego County residents can get rid of old tires at the county solid waste transfer stations between 8 a.m. and noon May 17 and June 14. These 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 $5 per tire disposal 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 (EEE) and other diseases.
Sources of standing water, including tires, can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
“One single waste tire left outdoors can act as a breeding ground for more than one million mosquitoes, that’s a scary statistic when you consider the deadly diseases such as EEE and West Nile that are carried by these insects,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to once again partner with Oswego County to host these free tire disposal events and help residents take the necessary precautions to reduce the risks associated with exposure to mosquitoes.”
Frank Visser, Oswego County Solid Waste Director, said the county will accept up to eight tires per household 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.
The transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Sticker and punch card sales and weigh scales close a half hour before the transfer stations close.
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/