York County preps for free tire disposal program

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
York County residents can participate in a free tire disposal program in June. (Submitted/Photo)

In an effort to eliminate illegal dumping, the York County Solid Waste Authority is offering pre-registered county residents a chance to drop off their used tires for free, the authority said in a statement. 

Residents can pre-register until Monday, June 11. The authority will provide those who signed up with a dashboard placard for a free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires, it reported.

Requirements and rules include: 

  • Tires must be removed from the rim and may not exceed 32 inches in diameter
  • Tires may not be excessively dirty or full of water 
  • The program is limited to one placard per household 

Businesses are not eligible to participate, the authority states. And, it encourages participants to contact their local waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed on the curb at a time, the statement continued.

According to the authority, The York County Resource Recovery Center can receive a limited number of tires daily, and participants will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. 

"Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage," said authority Executive Director Dave Vollero. "The special tire acceptance program is being held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires."

Keep York Beautiful, which coordinates cleanups across York County and provides education and outreach programming, is working with the authority to execute their mission to eliminate illegal tire dumping, the statement explained.

“Proper management of old tires eliminates potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and results in a cleaner and healthier community,” said Tom Smith, the executive director of Keep York Beautiful.

To pre-register, call Mindy Waltemyer at the authority at 717-845-1066 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect that the tires must be dropped off at the York County Solid Waste Authority.