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Used tire removal completed in southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

A used tire removal effort has been completed in 15 southern Illinois counties according to Illinois EPA Acting Director Alec Messina.

The Agency's plan is to remove used tires from public and abandoned properties to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

More than 318 tons of used tires have been removed in Southern Illinois since the announcement of the Mosquito Reduction Strategy.

“The coordinated efforts between Illinois EPA and our local government partners have made the Strategy a success,” said Acting Director Messina. “These collections benefit our communities by removing thousands of mosquito breading habitats while properly disposing hundreds of tons of used tires.”

The Illinois EPA along with the Department of Health announced the plan in July and have divided the state into three priority zones for used tire removal.

These zones are based on where Illinois would more likely see the Zika virus. Zone 1 is the highest priority area and is defined by a straight east-west line going through Effingham and south of that line.

The used tire removal efforts in Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline and White counties, completed the week of August 8-12, resulted in disposal of 27.89 tons of used tires.

The efforts in Clay, Edwards, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash and Wayne counties, completed the week of August 15-19, resulted in 36.34 tons of used tires being properly disposed.

And 83.62 tons of used tires were collected and disposed of through the month of August from Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties.

Through the program, used tires are properly disposed of at a registered, commercial used tire processing facility in Illinois and some are retreaded and reused while others are recycled into a variety products and uses.

The Illinois EPA's Used Tire Program is funded by a $2.50 per tire fee that consumers pay when purchasing tires at retail.

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