Tires saved from the dump

— The efforts of several area organizations and dozens of volunteers prevented more than 260 tons of tires from ending up in the Okanogan County Central Landfill.

Okanogan County Public Health recently completed its county-wide tire disposal and recycling event, which began in the fall. More than 23,000 tires were disposed of or recycled from all areas of the county.

Organizers said the “tremendous success” of the event could not have been possible without the help of area students and football players who donated their time and energy to help dispose of the tires.

Public Health, the Okanogan County Public Works Department, the state Department of Ecology and Oak Harbor Freight placed tractor trailers at five locations in the county, collecting 35 trailers worth of tires.

The Okanogan Landfill had the most with 14 trailers, followed by nine from the Ellisforde Transfer Station. Twisp had seven, Brewster had four and Mazama had one.

Each local school participated with the students stacking and loading the tires at each event, organizers said.

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