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The York County Solid Waste Authority will once again offer free tire disposal to coincide with Earth Day celebrations.

Residents may register for the program beginning Monday through May 20, according to an authority news release.

Participants should call Mindy Waltmeyer, the authority's community service specialist, at (717) 845-1066 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the registration period.

Registrants will receive a placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires, which must be removed from the rim, not exceed 32 inches in diameter and not be excessively dirty or full of water.

Waltmeyer said the program has been going on for many years in an effort to eliminate tires being dumped illegally.

The program is limited to one placard per household, and businesses are not permitted to participate. Tire delivery dates will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Waltmeyer said the program is also intended to raise awareness among residents that they are allowed to leave tires out to be picked up by their trash haulers. Depending on the hauler, residents can have one or two tires picked up per week, she said.

"It's important not to let tires just lay on your property," Waltmeyer said.

The program is being held in conjunction with Keep York Beautiful's campaign to eliminate illegal trash dumping sites.

Tom Smith, executive director of the organization, said sitting tires are a major issue in York County because they serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Smith also serves as West Nile virus program administrator for the York County Penn State Cooperative Extension.

Last year, York County ranked first in the state for West Nile virus detections with 375 mosquitoes testing positive, Smith said.

"Everyone is talking about Zika, but West Nile virus is still the biggest issue here," he said.

The Penn State Extension will begin its yearly mosquito surveillance at the end of April, Smith said.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.

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