Tire, battery collection is May 5-6

Tire, battery collection is May 5-6 Disposal of accumulated old tires can be inconvenient and costly. Therefore, officials from Clay, Union, and Yankton counties and the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources are sponsoring a free waste tire and vehicle battery collection event May 5 and 6 for residents in their respective counties.

Vehicle batteries and waste tires, including those from passenger cars, pickups, trucks, and farm equipment, can be dropped off at collection points in each county from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Collection points include the Vermillion landfill for Clay County residents; the Beresford restricted use site, Elk Point restricted use site, and the City Shop at 200 Park Side in North Sioux City for Union County residents; and the Yankton Transfer & Recycling Facility at 23rd and Kellen Gross Drive in Yankton for Yankton County residents.

The two-day collection event is part of Gov. Bill Janklow's Spruce Up South Dakota campaign to clean up South Dakota.

"This is a great opportunity for farmers and ranchers to get rid of those tires that covered silage piles in the past or are otherwise just laying around the farm or ranch," said DENR Secretary Nettie Myers. "All they have to do is haul them to one of the collection points in their county and drop them off. There is no charge for dropping them off during the collection event.

"For those with larger stockpiles of more than 1,000 tires, we encourage them to call the department," she continued. "We may be able to arrange it with our contractor to collect the tires right at the farm or ranch where they are located � and it is no charge to the landowner. Our goal is to get as many of the tires as we can out of the system by the end of next year."

Funding for this and other similar cleanups on a county wide basis is being provided through a $1.5 million appropriation approved by the 2000 Legislature. The appropriation is funded in part by a tire fee paid during vehicle registration of 25 cents per tire up to a maximum of $1 per vehicle. The tire fee was established by the 1992 Legislature to help fund solid waste projects in South Dakota.

"This is a one-time opportunity for the residents to clean up waste tires in Clay, Union, and Yankton counties," said Myers. "Getting rid of waste tires will help beautify our state. Waste tires are an eyesore and present an environmental hazard by being a fire danger, creating a breeding ground for mosquitos, and harboring rodents."

The waste tire and vehicle battery collection event is free for residents of the three counties. Tires from tire retailers and tires on rims will not be accepted.

Those wishing to get rid of vehicle batteries should take them to a local recycler or battery retailer, who often pay for old batteries. The state will accept but will not pay for vehicle batteries brought to the waste tire collection site.

For more information on the waste tire and vehicle battery collection event, call Phyllis Packard, solid waste manager in Vermillion, at 605-677-7076; Leo Kastrup, Union County highway superintendent, at 605-356-2351; or Tom Slowey, Yankton fire chief, at 605-668-5228.

For more information on waste tire and battery collection activities statewide, visit the website at: http://www.state/

.sd.us/denr/DFTA/WWFunding/tired.htm.

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