Tire Recycling Event Helps Reduce the Mosquito Population


(INDIANAPOLIS) – Mosquitoes are becoming more active, and everyone can take steps to help control the mosquito population in Marion County.

One of the easiest ways of doing this is to limit areas of standing water where mosquitoes like to breed. Unused tires, when left outside, can collect water and become an ideal place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

The Marion County Public Health Department’s Mosquito Control program will host its annual Tire Recycle Day on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at several locations around Indianapolis. In partnership with participating Meineke Car Care Centers, this special tire drop-off event collects used passenger car tires from Marion County residents at no charge.

People can bring up to six passenger car tires, off of the rim. Tire Amnesty Day is for individuals and not for use by tire retailers or auto salvage yards. All tires collected will be recycled.

“Tires attract and retain heat, hold enough water to hatch eggs, and offer protection from predators and chemical treatments,” said Terry Gallagher, supervisor in Mosquito Control at the Marion County Public Health Department. “Proper disposal of old tires controls the mosquito population and reduces the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

Drop-off locations on June 6 include:

Marion County Public Health Department
Mosquito Control
4001 E. 21st St.

Southeast Community Organization (SECO)
1925 Fletcher Ave.

Meineke Care Care Centers in Indianapolis:





For more information about Tire Recycle Day, contact the Marion County Public Health Department’s Mosquito Control program at 317-221-7440.

Media Contact:
Curt Brantingham
Media/Public Information Coordinator
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