Janklow Offers Free Tire Disposal

Janklow Offers Free Tire Disposal PIERRE — Gov. Bill Janklow announced recently that his Spruce Up South Dakota project will give people one last chance to get rid of all old tires that may be serving as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Free tire collections were held earlier this summer in all East River counties, ending in late July, and are currently concluding in West River counties.

Because of the West Nile virus, Janklow has directed DENR to work with local governments to immediately re-open through Sept. 16 East River tire collection sites where tires still remain to be picked up by the Spruce Up project. At East River county collection sites where about 500,000 tires have already been picked up, DENR will work with local governments to re-open those too.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne infection that can cause encephalitis. It has been detected in 50 counties in South Dakota. In addition to three human confirmed cases in South Dakota, it has been detected in 61 birds and 186 horses.

The Turner County collection site at the Hurley-Turner County Gravel Pit is now open and will remain open until Sept. 16. A total of 12,000 tires have already been collected at this site, for more information contact, Ron Schulte at (605)297-3404.

All waste tires, including those from passenger cars, pickups, trucks and farm equipment, can be brought to these collection sites. Waste tires must be removed from the rims. Tire retailers are not allowed to drop off tires at the free disposal sites because most retailers have collected a tire disposal fee from their customers to pay for proper disposal and their waste tires are routinely collected.

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