Second Tire Recycling Drive Offered to Fort Bend County Residents in an Effort to Reduce Mosquitoes

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SUGAR LAND (Covering Katy News) – A no-cost tire recycling drive is set for Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Four Corners Community Center parking lot, 15700 Old Richmond Rd. Sugar Land, TX 77498.

The Fort Bend County Medical Reserve Corps, in partnership with Fort Bend County Health and Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program and the Homeland Preparedness Project, has organized the free event.

“The first event was a huge success. Approximately 500 tires were recycled,” said a press release.”We encourage Fort Bend County residents to take advantage of this opportunity and drop-off any unused and unwanted tires that are lying around their homes,” the statement said.

“Tires are the perfect Mosquito breeding environment, especially now that we are seeing warmer and humid temperatures,” said David Olinger, PHEP Coordinator.

The tire drive will serve as a mitigation project to help reduce breeding grounds for mosquitoes that may carry diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya, and West Nile that can be transmitted to people.

This event is open and at no cost to any Fort Bend County resident. The following guidelines apply:

·      Only tires will be collected (tires mounted on rims will not be accepted)

·      Limit of 8 tires per vehicle

·      Limit of 2 agricultural tires per vehicle

·      Tires are not being accepted from local businesses

·      The event may finish early if all recycling containers are full before noon.

Residents with other items that need to be recycled, such as newspapers, plastic bottles, etc. can contact Fort Bend County Recycling Center at 281-633-7581 or visit their website for more information.

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