Used tire, oil collection set for Aug. 19-20

A used tire and oil collection program has been set for Friday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lee County 4-H Center, 1196 Franklin Rd., northeast of Amboy.

The program, co-sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Lee County Office of Solid Waste and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, is designed to accept up to 1,000 waste tires per person, from the general public, to be recycled or safely disposed of. Tires must be counted and cannot come 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 Aincubator 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 help unload the tires they bring.

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

This special collection day is a rare opportunity to rid your home of unwanted tires and oil; it is not to be considered an annual outlet.

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 2002, Illinois had the highest number of reported cases and deaths from West Nile virus in the country.

When motor oil is refined, it’s just 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, lawnmowers 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. About 62 percent of all oil-related pollution in the U.S. is caused by improper disposal of used motor oil.

Volunteers are needed to help make this event flow smoothly. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Lee County Office of Solid Waste at (815) 857- 4141 or the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at (815) 732-4020.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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