Waste tire collection event set for May 5-6

Waste tire collection event set for May 5-6 Disposal of accumulated old tires can be inconvenient and costly. Therefore officials from Yankton, Clay and Union counties, the city of Vermillion and the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources are sponsoring a free, one-time waste tire collection event May 5 and 6 for area residents.

Waste tires, including those from passenger cars, pickups, trucks and farm equipment, can be brought to waste tire collection sites in Yankton, Clay and Union counties. Tires can be dropped off Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Collection sites are located at:

* Yankton � at the Yankton Transfer & Recycling 23rd & Kellen Gross Drive.

* Clay/Vermillion � at the Clay/Vermillion Landfill, Hwy 19 north 2 1/2 miles and Bluff Road 2 1/2 miles northwest.

* Union County � Elk Point � Restricted Use Site (west on Burbank road); Beresford � Rubble site/Transfer Station, (1 mile east and 1 mile north); North Sioux City � (200 Park Side).

Funding for this and other similar cleanups on a countywide basis is being provided through a special $1 million appropriation approved by the 1999 Legislature. The special 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.

For general information for all counties and specific information for Yankton and Clay counties, contact Solid Waste Director, Phyllis Packard at (605) 677-7076.

For specific information in Union County, call Highway Superintendent Leo Kastrup at (605) 356-2351.

"This is a one-time opportunity for residents to clean up waste tires in Yankton, Clay/Vermillion and Union counties," said DENR Secretary Nettie H. Myers. "Getting rid of waste tires will help beautify our state. We are offering residents this free opportunity to get rid of waste tires they have laying around in their yards, garages or farms. Waste tires are an eyesore and present an environmental hazard by being a fire danger, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes and harboring rodents."

The waste tire collection event is free for residents of Yankton, Clay/Vermillion and Union counties. Tires from tire retailers will not be accepted free. Retailers may call for rates.

For more information on the waste tire collection event, call Packard at (605) 677-7076.

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