Tire collection event scheduled for Elkins on April 23 | News, Sports, Jobs

ELKINS – A free tire collection event will be held in Elkins this month.

The events will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 23 at the Old Oak Ridge Trucking Lot in Elkins.

Each person can have a maximum of 10 tires. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires are accepted, the agency said.

Several other free tire drive events are planned for West Virginia this month.

Other events are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 behind the Go-Mart in the Cabin Creek community in Kanawha County, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at Clay County High School, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30 at HL. Wilson Trucking Lot in Moorefield, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said.

Ongoing tire drives are held regularly in Boone, Brooke, Calhoun, Fayette, Hancock, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas, Putnam, Tucker, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Upcoming tire collection events are listed on the department’s website.

Each year, the DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) PPOD program hosts tire collection events throughout the state. At least one collection event is held in each county.

At these events, people with proof of West Virginia residency can safely dispose of 10 tires. PPOD is also responsible for the removal of tire piles located across the state. In 2009, over 400,000 tires were collected and/or removed from the West Virginia landscape.

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Joseph K. Bennett