Mosquitoes love to breed in tires. Within a single breeding season, water that collects inside one discarded tire can produce more than 10,000 adult mosquitoes. The Austin Public Health, Austin Resource Recovery's Recycle and Reuse Drop-Off Center, Travis County, and other community partners have collaborated to provide residents with Tire Take Back Day in an effort to decrease disease-carrying mosquitoes and provide an opportunity to recycle tires for free. The City will offer community education such as:
Mosquito control and prevention
Diseases spread by mosquitoes, including West Nile Virus and Zika
Recycling opportunities offered by Austin Resource Recovery
How: Bring passenger tires without a rim. Tractor and commercial tires will not be accepted.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day:
To address another crucial public health issue, prescription drugs will also be collected at the event as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back. Studies show that most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often stolen from the home medicine cabinet. Opioid addiction is a serious national health crisis, and it often begins with the misuse of prescription pain relievers. The usual methods of disposal—down the toilet or in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards. Citizens can bring dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to the event to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.