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Buffalo residents wanting to rid themselves of used tires are asked to bring them to one of four city collection points July 14.

Streets Commissioner James Makowski said Monday that this will be the city's first attempt this summer to battle the mounting problem. There have been reports throughout Buffalo of used tires piling up.

"We hear there's 20 tires here, 40 tires there and 100 tires somewhere else," Makowski said. "We're looking to make it easy for the public to bring them in."

The drop-off program is limited to residents only, and proof of Buffalo residency will be required. No commercial operations may participate. Only car tires will be collected.

A similar drop-off program in Hamburg recently netted 300 tons of used tires. Makowski said Buffalo may have up to 1,000 tons dropped off if the Hamburg experience applies here.

Tires will be collected between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at:

Rear of the Street Department Broadway Garage.

Water Garage at the foot of Porter Avenue.

Auto Pound at the old Pratt and Letchworth plant.

189 Tonawanda St.

Makowski said the city will evaluate the program's success before deciding whether it will extend into neighborhoods.

"We're looking for one big sweep rather than going out and looking for them," he said. "We'll be there. Bring them in."

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