50 Rio Grande Valley sites for tire recycling day

Worn out and tossed by the side of the highway, abandoned tires are a major environmental headache in the Valley. They serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and disrupt drainage in area ditches. (Rick Kelly | Valley Morning Star)

HARLINGEN — Fifty sites have been entered for the April 27 Road to Recycling tire collection effort in the Rio Grande Valley.

Each of the sites in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo counties will be accepting old and worn tires in an effort to keep unsightly trash out of ditches, to ensure the tires don’t become breeding spots for mosquitoes and also to minimize the effect they can have on drainage during heavy rains.

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Many of the 50 tire drop-off sites have different requirements, with almost all open from 8 a.m. to noon, and others staying open until mid or late afternoon.

Each of the sites requires proof of residence within a specific town or city, or a county precinct. All sites require identification, and many require a current utility or water bill as well before tires are accepted.

At some sites an unlimited number of tires can be dropped off, although most restrict the number of tires to four car tires.

Only one site, the City of Alamo at the old water plant, will allow large rig tires to be dropped off but has set a maximum number at four. Eight smaller car tires can be dropped off at the site.

“Illegally dumped tires are a huge problem for the entire Lower Rio Grande Valley, and to help address this issue, the Counties of Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy and many cities throughout our region have partnered together with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to bring you the ‘Road to Recycling’ Regional Tire Collection Project,” the LRGVDC says on its website.

The tire collection project was launched in 2017 with three designated collection days in June, July and October. Since then, more than 42,000 used tires have been collected and disposed of, either by being recycled or by being ground into bits before entering area landfills.