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Berkeley County collecting unwanted used tires

July 30, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Friday was the first of four days for Berkeley County residents to get rid of unwanted used tires as part of the 2010 tire collection event, the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority announced in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

The tire collection events at the South Berkeley Recycling Center at 637 Pilgrim St. in Inwood, also will be held Saturday and then again on Aug. 20 and 21, all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Solid Waste Authority.

County residents must have a valid West Virginia drivers license with a Berkeley County address to dispose up to 10 tires free of charge.

The tires do not need to be removed from the rims, but must be less than 17 inches in size to be accepted, according to the news release. Waste haulers, non-county residents and businesses are not allowed to participate. Each tire will be inspected by Recycling Center and DEP staff prior to acceptance and they reserve the right to reject any tire not considered acceptable. The Recycling Center also will accept metal vehicle rims (without tires) for recycling.

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The tires will be placed in road trailers and sent to the West Virginia Tire Disposal monofill in Nicholas County, W.Va., according to the news release.

The tire collection event was made possible in part through Gov. Joe Manchin's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) - The Next Generation initiative in cooperation with the Solid Waste Authority.

Individuals who have questions or comments can contact Solid Waste Authority at 304-267-9370 or Mike Parks of the DEP at 304-940-0258.

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