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CMMCP Tire Collection Program


Why is CMMCP concerned about used tires??


Used tire casings left out in the environment and allowed to hold water provide suitable areas for larval mosquito development, including those species known to carry West Nile virus such as Oc. j. japonicus* and Culex pipiens**. During the course of one season, the potential exists for hundreds or even thousands of mosquitoes to emerge from just one tire. If tires infested with mosquito eggs, larvae or pupae are transported, the potential to introduce mosquito species into new areas and/or the potential for the spread of arboviruses and their transmission may increase MP900314134[1]significantly.


For these reasons and as a value added service to our member cites and towns, CMMCP has developed a used tire program, consisting of the following guidelines:


« We accept passenger and light truck tires only – OFF RIM, NO MOUNTED TIRES WILL BE ACCEPTED

« The maximum number of tires taken from one property will be 10 at one time, subject to change without notice

« Requests for tire removal shall be done according to established CMMCP procedures

« We reserve the right to refuse anything determined to be unsuitable for this program


Tires accepted as part of this program will be sent to an approved facility for recycling. This program will comply with all state and federal solid waste regulations, as well as all local fire codes. This program is subject to end without notice.

We have currently been removing tire piles in member cities and towns on an intermittent basis. If you know of a tire pile in your area, or would like to participate in a curbside pickup in the future, please send the following information to NAME, ADDRESS, TOWN, PHONE, E-MAIL, # of TIRES (off the rim), LOCATION OF TIRES, ANY COMMENTS. When we schedule a curbside pickup event in your area you will be notified in advance.

ELIGIBILITY: to qualify for this program you must be a resident or municipal official in a CMMCP member city or town (service area map) and the tires must be in or from that locality. Businesses are not eligible at this time.

COST: there is no additional cost to residents or municipalities; this program is part of the full suite of mosquito control services offered (complete list of services).

To request more information, please contact Tim Deschamps at (508) 393-3055 or






*Ochlerotatus japonicus japonicus – New, invasive species found in Mass. in 2000. This species was first found in New York & New Jersey in 1998, then Connecticut in 1999. This mosquito is native to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and southern China. It is suspected that this species was brought to the US in used tires. Its preferred habitat is artificial containers and discarded tire casings. It is not believed at this time to be a voracious biter of man, however research done by CMMCP has shown it can be a pest and will bite during the daytime. West Nile Virus has been isolated from this species.

**Culex pipiens - Very common year round mosquito which primarily feeds on birds. It will readily enter a house, but is considered shy. It will typically only bite people when they are motionless, usually while they are sleeping. The larvae are found in water holding containers and in polluted waters. Culex pipiens are considered the primary vector of West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus has been isolated from this species.

STN_logo Click this link for an article on our program in the “Scrap Tire News”:

CMMCP a partner in the EPA’s WasteWise program




WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise members can join as partners, endorsers, or both. WasteWise helps its partners meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.


Organizations can join WasteWise to make a difference, either as a partner, endorser, or both. Partners join to change their own behavior and track their own internal waste reduction efforts, while endorsers are state and local government agencies, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses that help their members, clients, and constituents realize that reducing solid waste makes good business sense. WasteWise, launched in 1994, has more than 2,700 members.


Click here for more information on the WasteWise program:





For Immediate Release – April 22, 2014


EPA Region 1 New England recognized the CMMCP tire program with an “Environmental Merit Award” for 2014.

Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project
Northborough, Mass.

Since the end of 2009, Tim Deschamps and Tim McGlinchy at emathe Mosquito Control Project have shown its 41 members communities the benefits of getting rid of old tires. Other communities statewide have taken note and begun their own programs. The control project picks up and delivers to recycling facilities used tires, which provide the ideal habitat for mosquito breeding. One tire can produce thousands of mosquitoes in a year. Removing tires eliminates the need for the Mosquito Control Project to inspect the tires or apply pesticides. The program involves cleaning the large waste tire dumping sites, removing tires from curbsides, removing waste tires left on the side of the road and coordinating with the community at events such as river cleanups and hazardous waste days. This program is a member of EPA's WasteWise Program. Through this project, the organization has recycled 11,500 tires, which saved 192 staff hours in monitoring larval habitats, and resulted in usage of 720 pounds less of pesticides.





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Tires from the Merrimack River clean up in Lowell, August 2013





CMMCP to receive MassRecycle’s 2011 BRONZE Award


CMMCP has been selected to receive MassRecycle’s 2011 BRONZE Award in the Institution & Non-profit category. MassRecycle’s Annual Recycling Awards recognize individuals, businesses, municipalities and organizations for their outstanding efforts to increase recycling and eliminate waste in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Through an independent peer review process, CMMCP was chosen for our significant impact out of a field of 54 candidates nominated this year. CMMCP is honored to be selected by MassRecycle and receive the recognition for our used tire program.


MassRecycle is a statewide coalition of individuals, governments, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting and realizing the vital environmental, social and economic benefits created by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste materials, and by increasing the utilization of recycled products. For more information on MassRecycle, check their webpage here: 












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From the MetroWest Daily News, Sept. 22, 2010







All tires are brought to a recycling facility in Littleton called JP Routhier.


Click on the picture below to access their website.