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Pile of tires irks citizens

Date Posted: 1998-05-30

A pile of over 10,000 old tires is literally causing a stink that has prompted 433 local residents to file an official complain to Okinawa Prefecture officials. The citizens claim that the tires smell bad and suspect that they are also polluting the environment. The problem is that the tires are on a private property.

In the petition, the residents ask the prefecture to transfer the tires to a waste disposal site or recycling plant, build a new road through the property and clean the environment. They also ask officials to post a signboard to advise people not to dispose of their old tires at the site.

Officials from the prefecture agreed that something should be done. However, they say that because of the prefecture's budget crunch, there is very little they can do. About the only solution they can think about is to rely on a volunteer group to tackle the problem.

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