Division of Waste Management

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 13, 2007  
Contact Information:  Fred Kirchhoff, Division of Waste Management, 502-564-6716  

Editors: Note the starting time difference for Bullitt and Oldham.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2007) – Bullitt and Oldham county residents will have an opportunity to get rid of unwanted scrap tires as the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet (EPPC) begins its fall round of waste tire amnesty days later this week.

Bullitt County residents can drop off unwanted tires from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 18, at the state Department of Highways garage, 579 Charles Hamilton Way, Shepherdsville.

Oldham County residents can drop off tires from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the state Department of Highways garage, north of KY 146 at Buckner on KY 393.

Kentuckians brought in 311,630 tires during the spring amnesty days earlier this year. Since the program began in 1998, EPPC’s Division of Waste Management has collected the equivalent of 16.5 million passenger tire equivalents.

Tire amnesties are a free service offered by the cabinet with assistance from county governments and the Transportation Cabinet. Waste tires are collected and recycled through “beneficial end use” markets to become products such as tire-derived fuel or crumb rubber mulch. 

The Waste Tire Amnesty Program is financed by the Waste Tire Trust Fund, authorized by the 1998 General Assembly and extended in 2002 and 2006. Money comes from a $1 fee on each new replacement motor vehicle tire sold.  You can get information on upcoming events by going online to http://www.waste.ky.gov/branches/rla/Tire+Amnesty.htm.

An estimated 4 million scrap tires are generated each year in Kentucky and must be managed properly to avoid the risk of fire and to prevent the tires from becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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