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Rainelle will hold a tire collection on Saturday, Sept. 14 for residents of Greenbrier County to dispose of their old tires. Rainelle will hold a tire collection on Saturday, Sept. 14 for residents of Greenbrier County to dispose of their old tires.
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RAINELLE -

The Town of Rainelle wants to help residents of the Greenbrier County get rid of those old tires that end up as an eyesore.

Town leaders are working with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to offer a chance for residents of Greenbrier County to dispose of their old tires.  The event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Army Reserve Armory on Kanawha Street in Rainelle.  The tire collection is a part of the WV DEP's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan or REAP.

"Tires are not only eyesores, but the stale water in old tires is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Mayor Andrea Pendleton.

Pendleton said that the best way to protect people and pets from the pests is to limit the breeding areas, and those include the shallow, still water that accumulates in old tires.

"Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they also transmit diseases to humans and dogs," added Pendleton.

The Town of Rainelle held a similar tire collection effort in 2011.  During that event they took in 3,200 old tires.  This year, residents of Greenbrier County can bring in up to 10 tires for disposal.  Only car and light truck tires that are 16-inches or less will be accepted.  According to a release from the Town of Rainelle, haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

"Citizens who care about our town are our most important resource. I am proud of how we have taken advantage of every opportunity to dispose of trash and how we volunteer to help clean up the town," said MAyor Pendleton.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Residents of Greenbrier County who want more information on the tire collection can contact the mayor's office at 304-438-7191 or the REAP Project Manager, Sam Stalnaker, at Samuel.R.Stalnaker@wv.gov.