Rather than having discarded tires lying on their properties or in their back alleys, Butler County residents on Saturday can take tires to Ross High School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and discard up to 10 for free. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Butler County event targets tire recycling for health, environmental risks: How to go

Residents can take up to 10 tires, for cars, trucks or tractors, to Ross High School, 3601 Hamilton-Cleves Road, and drop them off for free for recycling. The collection will happen from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tires can be on or off the rims.

Anne Fiehrer Flaig, executive director of the Butler County Recycling & Solid Waste District, said a 10-tire-per-household limit will be strictly enforced.

“Rumpke processes the tires and ships them,” she said. They are used as a combination of fuel, applications for roadway paving, and also for running tracks, she said.

“There are lots of applications for reuse of that rubber,” she said. “Those are a few examples.”

There’s a public health benefit to turning in tires, rather than allowing them to lie around, where they may fill with water and become perfect breeding places for mosquitoes.

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“The Zika virus that emerged a couple years ago, that kind of brought to the fore the whole issues of mosquitoes,” she said. “They’re vectors for multiple illnesses — West Nile, we’ve had several instances of here in Butler County and the state of Ohio.”

Another disease is Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also mosquito-borne, which has been transmitted in Indiana, Michigan and Northern Ohio. “Anything we can do to get those tires shredded and out of areas where they can collect water is a good for the public, and protects public health,” Fiehrer Flaig said.

“They’re a problem as just a nuisance item that people find dumped on properties and on roadways,” she said.

People with questions can call the solid waste district at 513-887-3653. The county’s health department found money to help underwrite the tire collection.

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