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Residents of Canal Winchester and Madison Township, Franklin County, are invited to a free tire collection event. Franklin County Public Health, in conjunction with Columbus Public Health, will be facilitating the collection from 9 am to noon on Saturday, June 4 at Brobst Park, 5321 Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester, OH 43110.
The event is open to all residents of Franklin County, as well as Canal Winchester residents residing in Fairfield County. Individuals may bring up to 10 rimless tires per household to the event for proper disposal at no cost to them. Only passenger vehicle tires without rims will be accepted.
Madison Township Public Works Superintendent Watkins said, "This tire drive is a great opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted tires at no cost to the residents."
Tires pose a public health risk if left unattended or disposed of improperly. Tires provide the perfect location for standing water to form, creating a habitat for mosquitoes. It is on the water that the mosquito larvae grow and hatch. By properly disposing of any junk tires, potential hot spots are avoided.
During a 2021 tire drive in Canal Winchester, 435 tires were collected and properly disposed of through Franklin County Public Health. “We are thankful to be able to offer this service to our residents again and hope to see the same success,” said the City of Canal Winchester Mayor, Mike Ebert.
The event will also have free larvicide tablets for residents to take home and put in rain barrels, decorative water fixtures, and any other place with standing water to prevent mosquitoes from hatching. Residents do not need to turn in tires in order to receive the larvicide tablets.
To report problem areas for mosquitoes or to request service, visit mosquito.myfcph.org/request-for-service/ or call (614) 525-BITE (2483).