Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Removes Abandoned Tires From Roadsides At Risk Of Diseases, Harmful Chemicals

Jim Gudas
September 06, 2019 - 4:58 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- About 618 tons of used tires that were illegally dumped were recently collected and properly disposed of around the state.

Kim Biggs of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said nearly 55,000 discarded tires were collected from places such as roadsides, parks, public property and other sites.

Biggs said the tires can become breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and they can also emit harmful chemicals.

"They serve as a perfect incubator for mosquitos, which raises the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses in our communities," Biggs said.

She said the tires were collected in Chicago, Harvey, Markham and Des Plaines. Abandoned tires were also found in Kane, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties.