Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces Fall Waste Tire Amnesty Events

Residents may drop off used tires at designated sites

The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is sponsoring waste tire amnesty events across Kentucky, meaning Kentuckians can drop off unwanted tires free of charge.

County officials will conduct the collection events at county or state highway garages. Residents are encouraged to contact their local county solid waste coordinator for complete details of locations and drop-off times. Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Waste Management Announces Fall Waste Tire Amnesty Events”

The Spring Waste Tire Amnesties’ Numbers Are In

The Spring Waste Tire Amnesties’ numbers are in, and it appears the numbers of tires being brought in have continued to drop thanks to the new three-year Area Development District (ADD) rotation schedule and the visits being made to tire merchants by Ricky Solomon and J.R. Holt prior to the amnesties in order to check on stockpiles of waste tires.

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management conducted spring amnesties in the Lake Cumberland ADD (Taylor, Adair, Green, Casey, Russell, Pulaski, Clinton, Cumberland, Wayne and McCreary counties) and the Lincoln Trail ADD (Breckinridge, Meade, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Nelson, Washington and Marion counties) from April 4 through June 8. Continue reading “The Spring Waste Tire Amnesties’ Numbers Are In”

Kentucky Recycling Assistance Programs

The Recycling Assistance Section (RAS) has been very busy during the month of March speaking to affiliates of Eastern Kentucky Pride during their annual spring cleanup meetings held in Hazard, Columbia, London, Catlettsburg and Prestonsburg. RAS members Rick Solomon, Cathy Guess, Tom Heil, Shannon Powers and JR Holt explained each of the section’s programs—e-Scrap, Recycling Grants, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Grants, Medical Waste and the Waste Tire Program.

Meeting attendees found out about the “All-Agency” e-Scrap recycling contract that the state has entered into with Creative Recycling Systems and how all political subdivisions of the state can participate.

UntitledThe deadline of April 1 was discussed for those attendees wanting to apply for equipment or education monies through a recycling grant or a one-time annual event to clear citizen homes of hazardous items such as Drano, oven cleaner or oil-based paints through a HHW grant.

“I would like to see more communities applying for HHW grants this year,” said RAS Supervisor Solomon. “Last year, only 16 out of Continue reading “Kentucky Recycling Assistance Programs”

Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Waste Tire Amnesty Program Success

This fall’s waste tire amnesties were held in the Bluegrass Area Development District counties where approximately 7.17 million pounds of waste tires were collected.

“That equates to about 358,712 passenger car tires, enough to fill nearly 180 semi-tractor trailers,” said Rick Solomon, Supervisor of the Recycling Assistance Section.

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Here is the breakdown of the number of waste tires turned in during the fall 2012 waste tire amnesties in the Bluegrass Area District counties: Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Waste Management’s Waste Tire Amnesty Program Success”

King Tire Cleanup Begins

A massive cleanup is underway two months after the catastrophic fire at King Tire Recycling in Stearns, Ky. The owners of King Tire Recycling and the property owners have each informed the Kentucky Division of Waste Management (DWM) that they are not financially able to clean the site up. DWM has begun remediation of the site through the state’s Waste Tire Trust Fund Program, which provides funding for Kentucky’s waste tire amnesties and off site tire cleanups. DWM has contracted with Liberty Tire Recycling to remove waste tires that didn’t burn in the fire.

“The division estimates there were 66,000 whole tires on site,” said Tony Hatton, director of the Division of Waste Management. “Those tires will be taken to Louisville for processing, while 5,000-6,000 tons of shredded tires will likely be taken to a landfill.” Any shreds that are contaminated with dirt, debris or charred material are Continue reading “King Tire Cleanup Begins”