Citywide Tire Toss Prevents Mosquito Breeding Problem

By KOLR10 News

Published 05/03 2014 12:33PM

Updated 05/03 2014 10:47PM

Springfield, Mo.-- Springfield citywide tire-toss gets unwanted tires out of yards to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.

The 4th annual Springfield Citywide Tire Toss doubled the number of tires collected from last year with an estimated 60 tons of tires being dropped off by Springfield residents.

The tire-toss is important for the health and safety of the community because it eliminates a popular breeding ground for mosquitoes and helps prevent the spread of the West Nile Virus.

Tires collected are also recycled and turned into rubber playground mulch which provides a safe surface for children to play on while minimizing stress to their joints and bones.

While Tire Toss was of no cost to residents, more than $600 was donated by those who attended.

Donations received will go towards the annual Neighborhood Organization Volunteer Awards, held each December, which highlights the work Springfield neighborhoods do in keeping Springfield a great community to live in.

The tire-toss was held at Hillcrest High School and was made possible through partnerships with Springfield Public Schools, the City of Springfield, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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