More than a ton of tires were collected during an effort by Harley Swain Subaru and Commercial Tire.

Held April 29 at the car dealership, the Tire Amnesty Day was launched to help local residents in reducing hazards of having them lying around, said Dawn Mathis, parts manager at Harley Swain. Citizens could dispose of up to four tires, free of charge.

Old tires are a known breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can spread diseases. In addition, they can cause leaching — where soil around the old tires holds the toxins from the deteriorating materials.

Both businesses are hoping to make the Tire Amnesty Day a yearly event to help clean up the community and reduce toxins for future generations.

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