FLINT TWP. — Flint Township residents will have an opportunity to legally dispose of any scrap tires around the house or yard during a free clean-up day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 31 at the township hall.
A picture identification or utility bill proving residency must be presented. Each household will be allowed to dispose of up to seven tires (or until the collection trailer is full).
The drop-off station will be located in the parking lot of the township administration building, 1490 S. Dye Road.
Tires from cars and light trucks will be accepted but all tires must be off rims.
The scrap tire cleanup is funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to facilitate the legal disposal of old and used tires. The grant funds are exclusively designated for household and residential scrap tires only.
Used and scrap tires, not properly disposed of, are deemed an environmental and public health threat. They provide a habitat for breeding of mosquitoes, which carry diseases such as the West Nile Virus.
Most tires collected in the clean-up will be processed into two-inch chips then burned as supplemental fuel to generate electricity and in cement manufacturing, according to information provided by township Trustee Belenda Parker, who spearheaded the DEQ grant application. The chips also are used in some areas for landscaping and drain fields.