Scrap tire collection set for June and July

MARION — Peggy Hoard, deputy township clerk, announced that for the fourth consecutive year the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a grant to Middle Branch Township for the collection and disposal of unwanted tires for 15 local townships.

Area residents have an opportunity to minimize a potential threat to public health and reduce environmental pollution by properly disposing of scrap tires that provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes and often pose a serious fire hazard resulting in thick smoke, air pollution and a harmful oily runoff that contaminates soil and water sources.

The collection will take place at the Middle Branch Township Hall on June 16, 17, 18 and July 21, 22, 23. Drop-off hours on Thursdays and Fridays are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The 13 townships in Osceola County covered by the grant are Burdell, Evart, Hartwick, Hersey, Highland, LeRoy, Marion, Middle Branch, Orient, Richmond, Rose Lake, Sherman and Sylvan.

Redding and Winterfield Townships in Clare County are also included.

Residents of the 15 townships may drop-off tires on any of the collection dates in June or July.

There is no charge for tire drop-off, but there are restrictions.

  • All tires must be free of dirt and debris.
  • The maximum tire size is 4 feet in diameter, 12 inches in width and not more than 12-ply.
  • Airplane tires, forestry and construction tires, earth mover tires and loaded tires are not accepted.

Volunteers from each township will be on hand to unload tires from vehicles and load them onto the semitrucks. The grant from the state reimburses the township for the cost of the semitrucks.

In 2013, 6,000 tires were collected. The number grew to more than 8,000 in 2014 and surpassed 10,000 in 2015. The goal for this year is to again collect 10,000 or more scrap tires.

“We want to rid our land of unwanted tires,” said Hoard. “So, if you see abandoned tires or have any to clean up, here’s a great chance to get rid of them at no cost and help keep our area free from the potential dangers of scrap tires. We’re hoping for a great turnout to help us meet our goal this year.”

The Middle Branch Township Hall is located at 2163 15 Mile Rd., Marion—near the corner of M-115 and M-66. For more information, call Hoard at (231) 631-9970.