Emerald's eighth annual tire collection event, normally held in September, is scheduled for November 7 and 8 this year. Those with old tires can dispose of them at no charge from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days at N.W. 38th Street and West Webster Road on Airport Authority property in Lincoln. The event is funded by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) recommends that residents dispose of scrap tires as soon as possible. Laurel Erickson, Environmental Health Educator for KLLCB, said old tires can collect standing water, the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and create places for rodents to live. She said the best option is to have your tire store take your old tires from you even though they charge a small fee for disposal. Another option is to take them to the 48th Street Landfill transfer station, which also charges a small fee. If anyone sees someone dumping tires along a road or in a ditch, they should report it to the Lancaster County Sheriff at 441-6500. The fines for illegal dumping can be as high as $1,000.
Events like the Emerald collection effort give residents an opportunity to dispose of their old tires free and legally," Erickson said. "If residents have a way to keep water from collecting in old tires until the event, it's a great option.
Information on disposing of tires at the City landfill is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: landfill). Information on the free tire collection event is available from Becky Vandenberg, Emerald Sanitary Improvement District, at 476-3590.