New Waterford sets annual tire drive, cleanup

NEW WATERFORD – The village’s annual used tire drive will run from April 1 through April 22, Administrator Fred Fink said.

Drop-off times at the town garage on Taylor Avenue are from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with car tires a dollar each, truck tires at two dollars apiece and tractor tires are three dollars apiece along with semi tires.

The tires have to be off the rims with no water in them.

Residents should call ahead to one of three numbers before dropping tires off: 330-429-7077; 330-429-7078; and 330-429-1373.

Fink said the cost is to cover transporting the truckloads to a depot in Minerva, explaining that with between 50 to 70 tires per load they make anywhere from five to seven trips.

“That’s why the small charge … it pays for fuel,” he said.

“We’re allowed a maximum of 500 tires,” Fink said, noting the tire drive is done in conjunction with the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District.

The tire drive began about six or seven years ago, “ever since I’ve been administrator,” he said.

The spring cleanup started about the same time as the tire drive and it will run from May 6 through the 13th.

All items must be placed curbside and appliances and empty paint cans will be taken.

Fink said appliances like washer and dryers are OK, but no refrigerators, due to freon, can be accepted.

Also, no garbage, auto parts, batteries, tires or air conditioners, and nothing with liquids or chemicals or grease are allowed.

“We have to kind of watch … they get carried away,” Fink said.

“They’ll leave anything you can think of … we don’t want anything with freon … no radiators … we pay per tonnage.”

Furniture, mattresses and small dressers can be set out but items as big as studio beds can cause problems.

Fink explained that years ago the cleanup was held over a three-week period but “we started getting too many roll-offs (trash containers)” adding it forced them to fall behind with mowing or when they ran into problems needing immediate repairs.

“It ends on the 13th but we’ll still be picking up a couple of days afterward,” he said, “we’ll spend days out there doing that. We limited it for our benefit and the expense of it.”

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