Used tire and oil collection in Ogle County

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A used tire and oil collection program has been set for Friday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ogle County Fairgrounds,1440 N. Limekiln Road, Oregon, Ill.

The program, co-sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Lee County Office of Solid Waste Management and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, is designed to accept used motor oil and oil filters, and up to 1,000 waste tires per person to be recycled or safely disposed of.

The tires should be counted, and will not be accepted from commercial businesses or service stations. Passenger car, truck and tractor tires will be accepted, but no large industrial/off road tires. The tires may be on or off the rims.

Used tires are a breeding source for mosquitoes, providing an ideal incubator for mosquito eggs and larvae. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs in improperly discarded tires filled with rainwater and organic materials (leaves and grass). Over the course of one breeding season, hundreds of mosquitoes can be generated from just one tire.

Before the tires are unloaded, participants must sign a Consensual Removal Agreement in which the participant agrees to not accumulate waste tires in the future. Participants should be prepared to unload the tires they bring.

Proper management of used tires will help reduce the mosquito population in Illinois. West Nile virus is a viral disease primarily spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. The house mosquito, the primary carrier of West Nile virus, breeds in water-filled tires, roadside ditches and street catch basins. In 2006, Illinois had the sixth highest number of reported cases (215) and deaths (10) from West Nile virus in the United States.

The oil brought for recycling should be in jugs or barrels and will be handled separately from the tires. Farm oil in barrels will be pumped out on site. All oil containers will be returned to the participants who brought them.

When motor oil is re-refined, it’s as good as new. In fact, according to oil recyclers, motor oil never wears out, it can be re-refined and used forever. When oil from cars, trucks, lawn mowers and other machines gets dumped down drains or into trash cans, it can overwhelm the safeguards built into sewage systems and sanitary landfills, contaminating surface and underground water supplies we depend on for consumption and recreation. A quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water.

This tire and oil recycling event is a unique opportunity to safely recycle used tires and oil from farms and households. Many volunteers are needed to help make this event flow smoothly. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Lee County Office of Solid Waste (815) 857-4141 or the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at (815) 732-4020.

from the Aug 15-21, 2007, issue

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