Division of Waste Management
Waste tire amnesty under way in Gateway ADD

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sara Evans or Fred Kirchhoff, (502) 564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2006) – An estimated 87,000 tires have been collected so far during state-sponsored  waste tire collections in the Gateway Area Development District (ADD) -- approximately 25,000 tires in Montgomery County, 12,000 in Bath County, and 50,000 in Rowan County.

Two more collections are scheduled in the district. Area residents can drop off their unwanted tires in Morgan County Oct. 12-14 at the state Department of Highways garage on KY 191 south of West Liberty near Index and in Menifee County from Oct. 19-21 at a lot on KY 36 about a mile north of Frenchburg.

These collections are part of the fall schedule of Waste Tire Amnesty Program, the state Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet’s (EPPC) ongoing efforts to rid Kentucky’s landscape of waste tires.

Kentuckians can drop off their unwanted tires at a location within their own or any nearby county free of charge.  The EPPC collects the tires and recycles them through “beneficial end use” markets to become products such as tire-derived fuel or crumb rubber.  The program is funded by the Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives one dollar from the sale of every new tire purchased in the state.  This fund is dedicated to managing waste tires and developing sustainable markets for recycled tire products.  

More than 14 million waste tires have been collected since the program began in 1998.

In 2007 collections will be scheduled in the Buffalo Trace/FIVCO ADDs in the spring and in KIPDA/Northern Kentucky and Cumberland Valley ADDs in the fall.

-- 30 --