MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - With all the rain we've been getting here in the Tennessee Valley, it's not hard to imagine an outbreak of mosquitoes soon to follow. That's why Madison County wants residents to know they have a 'tire recycling' program in place.
The recycling program is a way to help commissioners with their efforts to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, especially after rain. Water builds up inside unused tires where the pesky bugs lay their eggs.
Madison County District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones says the landfill here is open to the public.
"It's nothing new," Jones said. "It's been in operation for several, probably 30 years now."
It's the only landfill in Madison County open to the public for dumping. Residents can drop off old tires, large vegetative debris and anything else but personal, everyday trash.
Right now though, Commissioner Jones wants to remind residents about tires.
"We do have an opportunity at this time to pick up discarded tires from homeowners and farmers," Jones said.
Commissioners want to clean up the county and help prevent the number of mosquitoes at the same time. Tires are a good way to do just that.
The good news is residents can dump their tires at the New Market landfill, that's at 385 Beth Road, for free! If you can't get them there on your own, you can call the District 1 office and someone will come pick them up for free. For all other locations, contact your district commissioner with the location of a county shed.
"If people will let us know where the piles of tires are, we will come and pick them up," Roger adds. "Or, they can drop them off by the landfill and we will recycle them."
Here are a few number that can help make the process even easier:
- District 1 Landfill- (256) 828-0726
- District 3 East Office- (256) 776-2475
- District 3 Office- (256) 723-4247
- District 4 Office- (256) 852-8351
State agencies provide the funds to make the county tire recycling program so successful. Eventually, the tires are taken to an even larger recycling plant in Mississippi.
Commissioners ask residents to remove tires from the rims and abide by county landfill hours and policies.