The Manitowoc County Public Works Department’s Waste Tire Collection has been extended until October. Previous tire collections were limited to 2 weeks in September but recent facility changes have allowed them to accept them seasonally. With the expanded service this year, participants have brought in a total of 30 tons of tires so far. The DNR estimates that Wisconsin produces 5 million waste tires per year. Tires have been banned from landfills since 1995 because they take up too much space and their bulky size makes them hard to keep buried. Unfortunately, tires have often been illegally dumped along roadways or in illegal stockpiles. Aside from looking like a mess this can cause problems. Water accumulated inside the tires becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If tire piles catch fire they can release large amounts of pollutants into the air, water and soil. Residents and businesses can drop off tires for a fee at the Manitowoc County Recycling Center during normal office hours.