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Tire collection day set for Saturday

July 24, 2018

The City of Brownsville will host its annual Tire Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in an effort to reduce mosquito numbers and combat illegal dumping in the area.

“Two weeks ago we had the sand and bag distribution and, as (we all) know, we’ve had mosquitoes in Brownsville, so tire collections are important because they help with both of those things,” Brownsville City Assistant Manager Arturo Rodriguez said. “They help to prevent mosquitoes in the area and they help to beautify the city.”

Rodriguez said Saturday’s event is part of the city’s outreach projects to help not only benefit residents, but also provide a safer environment.

The event is part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council’s “Road to Recycling” regional tire collection project.

Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties as well as numerous cities, such as Brownsville, have joined in a regional effort to address the illegal dumping of tires, according to a news release.

Tire Collection Day encourages residents to eliminate standing water around their homes and help reduce the number of mosquitoes that can spread dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses.

Water often collects in discarded tires, Rodriguez said.

“Tire Collection Day is important to us because it complements the other activities we’re already doing such as the cleanups we’ve had throughout the city,” he said. “We also have cameras that we’re installing, surveillance cameras, to curb illegal dumping in our city.”

The assistant city manager said participating in Saturday’s event can help Brownsville with its flooding issue during heavy rains.

“Anything that is thrown out or littered in the city will end up back in our drain way,” he said. “Tire Collection Day is one way for us to maintain our city clean and free of debris.”

jsanchez@brownsvilleherald.com

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