Residents of Ramona and the surrounding areas can recycle their old tires July 19 at a “Tire Amnesty Day.” The FREE tire recycling event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramona High School student parking lot at 1401 Hanson Lane in Ramona.
California outlawed disposing of tires in landfills in 1993 and illegally abandoned tires in rural areas create eyesores, fire threats and breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus and encephalitis. Recycled tires in California can find new life as rubberized asphalt concrete used for county roadways. They are also shredded and ground and then used in new products such as flooring material, patio decks, and playgrounds, or even burned as fuel.
People will be able to recycle up to nine tires per vehicle at the event. Tires must be relatively clean, and come from passenger vehicles. No commercial vehicle tires will be accepted. Contact the County’s Recycling hotline at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784) to request approval of loads of more than nine tires or for tire with rims.
The July 19 tire recycling event is sponsored by San Diego County’s Department of Public Works, with support from the Ramona Unified School District.
For more information or to request approval for more than nine tires or for tires with rims, call the County’s Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Program at 1-877-R-1-EARTH (1-877-713-2784) or visit WasteFreeSD.org.
—County of San Diego Public Works