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Fort Bend County Is Collecting Old Tires For Free This Saturday

Officials hope to avoid some of the health issues that could result from discarded tires.

Tire dumping is an issue all over the region. These tires were found dumped in Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood.

We recently looked at the problem of illegal tire dumping in Harris County. It’s also an issue in Fort Bend County and officials there are hoping to do something about it.

This weekend, Fort Bend County Health and Human Services is having a big tire recycling event where residents can dispose of tires for free. Usually the county collects a fee.

Spokeswoman Yaneth Calderon said one of their big concerns is rainwater that collects in discarded tires.

“We’ve had quite a bit of rain here in the last few weeks,” explained Calderon. “And with the summer coming up and the warmer weather, it’s definitely the perfect combination for mosquitoes to breed.”

And once mosquitoes start breeding, that could lead to the spread of diseases like West Nile, Zika, and Chikungunya.

“We definitely want to reduce the mosquito population now before we do see a surge of them in the summer months,” added Calderon.

That tire recycling event is this Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the county annex in Rosenberg. The address is 4520 Reading Road.

Fort Bend County residents can drop off up to eight tires free of charge. The tires have to be taken off their rims first, and Calderon said they’re not accepting tires from businesses.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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