The Town of Owego will hold its annual tire and scrap metal cleanup on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village of Owego Public Works, located at 20 Elm St. in Owego. Please note that the collection will not be at the Owego Town Hall this year.
Town and village of Owego residents may bring up to eight tires, up to 19-inches in size, at no charge; and up to an additional eight tires for a fee of $1.00 per tire. Tires on rims will be taken at no charge and will not be included in the eight-tire limit. Additional tires may be dropped off at $2.00 per tire. Large tires (tractor / tractor – trailer) will not be accepted. Clean scrap metal will also be accepted at no charge.
Waste tires present environmental, health, and safety hazards. Rainwater accumulates in the tire piles creating an ideal environment for mosquitoes, which are known to transmit West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Reusing or recycling tires keeps them out of landfills. Old or used tires can be shredded or turned into crumbs to be reused as additives to asphalt for roads and playgrounds. Pulverized tire chips can become rubber flooring for equestrian and dog training centers.
This program is funded by the Town of Owego and is held in conjunction with the Tioga County Water Quality Coordinating Committee.