THOMASVILLE — Local residents may dispose of unwanted tires at no cost during a tire amnesty event on Saturday and Sunday.

Thomas County solid waste, Thomas County code enforcement, City of Thomasville solid waste and Keep Thomas County Beautiful joined forces in an effort to help keep the community safe and beautiful, said Pat Smith, Thomas County code enforcement officer.

"As weather starts warming up, the mosquito breeding season begins," Smith said. "They prefer warmer and more humid climates. Most mosquitoes can survive in temperatures between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. All mosquitoes need water. After exposure to water, most eggs hatch within 24 to 72 hours."

Tires are notorious as breeding sites for mosquitoes, Smith said, adding that only a small amount of water is needed for mosquitoes to breed.

Tire collection sites are:

• Thomas County trash collection sites on Hansell Road, Stewart Road, Sunset Drive, Ga. 188 and Ga. 202, U.S. 84 East (Boston), Dillon Road, Patten-Coolidge Road, U.S. 19 North at Riverwood.

• In Thomasville, behind the EMS/fire station off Remington Avenue at the recycling center.

Guidelines:

• 12 tires per household

• Open to Thomasville, Thomas County and residents of the county's smaller municipalities

• Only bike, car and light truck tires accepted

• Tires must be derimmed

• No commercial, businesses or vendors

For information, contact Pat Smith at (229) 225-4120.