downloadThe Marion County Public Health Department’s Mosquito Control program encourages residents to get rid of unused tires for free during Tire Recycle Day on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Officials say one of the easiest ways to help control the mosquito population is to limit areas of standing water where mosquitos breed. Unused tires, when left outside, can collect water and become an ideal place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

In partnership with participating Meineke Car Care Centers, this special tire drop-off event at locations around Indianapolis collects used passenger car tires from Marion County residents at no charge.People can bring up to six passenger car tires, off of the rim. This event is for individuals and not for use by tire retailers or auto salvage yards. All tires collected will be recycled.

“This is one small but significant way for people to become involved in making their neighborhood a healthier place,” said Matt Sinsko, coordinator of the Marion County Public Health Department’s Mosquito Control program. “In addition to reducing clutter, getting rid of old tires helps to control the mosquito population and reduces the possible spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

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