County residents can recycle tires, Freon items free of charge

In an effort to help encourage residents to clean up and recycle household waste tires, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers and air conditioners, the Huntington Landfill and Huntington County Solid Waste Management District will work together to offer all residents of Huntington County an opportunity to recycle tires and Freon-containing items free of charge.

Tire and Freon collection has been expanded from month-long special events to a permanent year-around service beginning in 2013.

By offering the same service throughout the year, the city landfill and county solid waste district are trying to make proper disposal of these problem wastes easier for all county residents, says Jonathan Leist, director of the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District.

Since beginning the tire and Freon collection program in 2011, more than 1,000 residents have dropped off more than 4,000 waste tires and 250 Freon appliances for recycling at the landfill.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 2, up to 12 passenger car and truck tires and four Freon items per household will be accepted for recycling at no charge at the landfill. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This service will also be offered during household hazardous waste collection hours on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Huntington County SWMD's hazardous materials building.

All Huntington County households are eligible to participate. Any materials beyond the first 12 tires and four Freon items will be subject to recycling fees.

All commercial, dealer, semi-truck, farm and tractor tires will be subject to the regular tire fee schedule and will not be accepted for free.
For more information, contact Leist at 358-4886 or the landfill at 356-0432.