Athens Co. Drop Off Program Aims To Collect 50,000 Tires

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Athens County is trying to get rid of a health problem and make the county more attractive.

In order to combat disease and make the area look nicer, the county is now offering a free tire drop off at the Waterloo Fire Department.
The program is organized by the Sheriffs Office and the Health Department.
It is sponsored by a grant through the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources.
A tire collecting company will recycle the tires and use them for playgrounds and high school tracks.
Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly says they are hoping to collect at least 50,000 tires this year.
The program started two years ago to prevent car owners from dumping tires illegally and to protect the environment.
"We have mosquito problems in Athens County, West Nile virus, so these tires will not lay there, collect water and allow mosquitoes to breed and therefore carry these diseases. So environmentally it's a very good program," said Kelly.
The tire drop off program started Monday and will last all week before moving to York Township next week.
The program ends in June.