MIDDLE BRANCH TWP. — Peggy Hoard was disappointed, to say the least.

After only two days of running the annual Osceola County tire disposal collection, she reached the point where she could not take anymore.

“We are full. I have to actually turn people away,” she said shaking her head Friday morning. “I have six semi trailers this year, and filled three on Wednesday and three more (on Thursday).”

Hoard was quick to join volunteers from area townships and inmates from the Osceola County Jail in rearranging the scrap tires in the last trailer to make more space for the remaining tires on the ground.

“At least we’re getting rid of these tires,” she said as the front of her shirt was covered in black streaks from the tires. “It’s a health issue. The tires are breeding spots for mosquitoes and ticks. We actually found a black widow spider in one of the tires last year.

“It’s great (the inmates) are here,” she said. “They work so hard and help so much.”

Hoard, who administers the program, said the annual tire disposal at Middle Branch Township Hall provides residents and local governments an opportunity to dispose of scrap tires.

“We’ve been able to get rid of so many tires over the years,” she said. “In our first year, we collected more than 40,000. This is the first year I’ve ever turned anyone away.”

Hoard said the county sponsors the tire collection and pays for the contractor. This year’s contractor is CM Rubber of Coleman. Once a bill is paid, the county is refunded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

In it’s fifth year, Hoard said she is going to make sure she will be ready for next year’s collection.

“I had 10 semi trailers last year and thought six would be fine this year,” she said. “Apparently more people have heard about this. I’m going to have to increase the number of trailers.”

As long as the DEQ continues to provide grant funds for scrap tire disposal, Hoard said she will continue to make sure the scrap tire disposal is available.

“We’re going to keep doing this until all of the scrap tires are picked up,” she said. “A couple years ago, there were plans to get rid of the program. But I think enough people contacted the right officials and they kept it.”