WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – Residents from 22 cities and municipalities participated in a tire collection event in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

The event was hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s West Nile Virus program.

A goal of this event was to eliminate and reduce mosquito-borne disease by taking away habitat reduction for mosquitoes, including waste tires.

Nearly 500 residential and agricultural tires were disposed of thanks to the event.