Wheeling Residents Can Turn in Old Tires At The Highlands

Photo by Scott McCloskey
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection REAP program is sponsoring a tire collection Saturday for West Virginia residents to avoid unlawful disposal of old tires like this one pictured in Big Wheeling Creek.

Photo by Scott McCloskey The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection REAP program is sponsoring a tire collection Saturday for West Virginia residents to avoid unlawful disposal of old tires like this one pictured in Big Wheeling Creek.

For West Virginia residents looking to throw out old tires, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection REAP program is sponsoring a tire collection from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the vacant paved lot between Cabela’s and Best Buy at The Highlands.

Ohio County Solid Waste Authority Executive Director Tammy Bonar said this is a good opportunity for those who have old tires laying around their property to dispose of them properly. Bonar said for those who don’t dispose of their tires at service or tire stations, this is the only legal way to discard old tires. She said the DEP sponsors tire collections in Ohio County twice a year because tires cannot be disposed of in a landfill unless they are cut up.

“The state sponsors these all around the state. You don’t have to be an Ohio County resident, but you do have to be a West Virginia resident,” Bonar said.

She said to participate in the tire drop-off you will be asked to present your West Virginia driver’s license at the site. She said they will scan your driver’s license bar code and take down your address.

Other collection rules include: a 10-tire limit, tires must be off the rims (no rims accepted), only car and light truck tires will be accepted and no businesses or haulers will be accepted.

“You don’t want to store them on your property because they harbor mosquitoes and other pests,” Bonar added.

For more information call the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority office at 304-234-3884.

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