REED CITY — Community members from Osceola and Lake counties, and surrounding communities can spend Saturday morning being environmentally responsible while disposing of unwanted items.

Saturday will be the first Osceola-Lake Conservation District (OLCD) tire and electronics collection day, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on July 21, at Recycle of Osceola County, 531 E. Lincoln Ave., Reed City.

"We have partnered with Recycle of Osceola County to hold the collection at their facilities," said Dixie Ward, OLCD district manager. "The conservation district is funding the event. We'd like to see people take advantage of it. It's a free service and will keep people from improperly disposing tires and electronics."

During the collection day, OLCD members will accept tires on or off the rim free of charge. The limit is 10 tires per vehicle. Those hoping to dispose of more tires should call the conservation district office to make arrangements. There will be a $15 charge for semi tires and a $20 charge for tractor tires. No tires more than 4 feet tall will be accepted.

"We are still in need of volunteers to unload tires that day," Ward said, noting those who would like to volunteer should contact her. "We would like the tires to be free of debris and water."

As for electronics, Ward said the OLCD is accepting most items that come with a cord, noting monitors, keyboards, microwaves, phones, stereos, game systems, printers and more can be dropped off at the recycle facility, free of charge. She said TVs and computers, including those of an older style will be accepted as well at no cost.

Large appliances, such as washers and refrigerators, and any units containing Freon will not be accepted.

"Recovering electronic components keeps valuable resources in circulation and avoids waste," Ward said. "As tires decompose, they release chemicals into soil and water that are harmful to the environment. Recycling tires keeps them out of our waterways and soil."

For more information about the event, or to volunteer for the event, contact Ward at (231) 832-2950.