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Vigo's 'tire amnesty' program to return starting April 1

Mar. 14—With spring arriving, the Vigo County Tire Amnesty program is about to return.

The Vector Control Division of the health department will be collecting tires for proper disposal to reduce the risk of West Nile virus.

Tires may be dropped off for free, but apportionments are required; call 812-234-9181. No more than 10 tires may be dropped off without pre-authorization or there will be a fee.

Without exception, semi tires, tractor tires, or larger must have pre-authorization.

The program is for residents. Businesses, tire retailers, salvage yards, auto service centers or trucking companies are not allowed.

Tires can be dropped off at Vector Control, 1241 7th Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from April 1 to May 3. Vigo County Health Department is not responsible for any accidentsor damage to vehicles.

For questions, pre-authorizations or to schedule a drop-off, call Vector Control at 234-9181.

Tires are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile Virus. Old tires are one of the biggest riskf actors for mosquito breeding, producing up to a third of all mosquitoes in the area, according to the health department. Proper disposal of tires reduces the risk of West Nile spreading.

Last year, 91 pools were tested and 11 came back positive for West Nile virus.