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Experts: Illegal tire dumping poses environmental and health hazards

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council coordinated a "Road to Recycling" campaign Saturday to encourage the proper disposal of old tires.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council coordinated a "Road to Recycling" campaign Saturday to encourage the proper disposal of old tires.

Approximately 2 million tires abandoned throughout the Rio Grande Valley pose both environmental and health threats, said Executive Director Ron Garza.

Old tires collect water, providing breeding ground for mosquitoes; clog drainage ditches, which causes flooding; and release dangerous chemicals when they catch fire, posing a danger to first responders.

Exposure to burning fires may cause both short-term and long-term health problems, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

To view collection sites for the "Road to Recycling" campaign, visit the development council website: http://www.lrgvdc.org/roadtorecycling.html

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