The Fort Bend County Medical Reserve Corps, in partnership with Fort Bend County Health & Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) and the Homeland Preparedness Project, will be offering a no-cost tire recycling drive on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the 5th Street Community Center (3110 5th St. Stafford, TX 77477) parking lot.
“So far, we have recycled more than 1,000 tires for our community members. County residents have taken the advantage of this opportunity to drop-off old, unwanted tires. Tires hold stagnant water which provides the perfect mosquito breeding environment,” said David Olinger, PHEP Coordinator.
The tire drive serves 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.
“To date, we have not had any reported cases of Zika, West Nile, or Dengue in the county. We will continue to educate the public on actions they can take to reduce the number of mosquitoes around their home that may carry diseases,” said Dr. Mary desVignes-Kendrick, Director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Services and Local Health Authority.
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 12:00 p.m.
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.