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City plans waste tire amnesty days
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The city of Ceres was recently awarded a California Integrated Waste Management Board grant to conduct waste tire cleanup and amnesty events in Ceres.

The grant for $14,919 will allow the city to conduct three amnesty events between now and May 2008, as well as hire temporary staff to locate and collect illegally dumped waste tires. Golden By-Products, a Merced County recycling plant, will provide the hauling and recycling services for this project.

The city's new code enforcement division has already removed nearly 300 tires from public locations in less than a year and expects to recycle 2,000 tires during the nearly year-long collection effort.

The city's first tire amnesty event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the city Corporation Yard located at 3420 Harold Street, Ceres. To drop off tires, a person must bring proof of Ceres residency. No tractor or diesel truck tires may be dropped off, only passenger and pickup tires. Persons may not transport more than nine used tires with a waste tire hauler permit so be sure to bring no more than that.

A brochure outlining the program will be included in the city utility billing for October. They will also be available in city offices or on the city's website. Call 538-5733 or 538-5799 for more information.