By Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials are encouraging communities around Michigan to help people get rid of old vehicle tires.

The Department of Environmental Quality is awarding more than $587,000 in grants for community scrap tire drop-offs and other tire cleanups.

The events are designed to provide affordable and convenient tire recycling opportunities.

Three grants will fund removal of old tire piles at private properties. Others will be used to create yearlong collection sites and roadside pickups.

Improperly dumped scrap tires pose a fire hazard and create mosquito breeding grounds. Recycled scrap tires can be used in asphalt to pave roads, as mulch in gardens and on playgrounds, and in manufacturing.

Information about Michigan’s scrap tire program is available at,1607,7-135-3312_4122—-,00.html .

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