Tuesday, October 26, 1999

Tire collection on a roll

5,000 arrive during first day

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — If Boone County's tire amnesty program is any indication, Kenton County should have a mountain of waste tires by this weekend.

        During Boone County's program last week, residents and businesses got rid of 36,526 tires — about four to five times as many as predicted.

        “This program's been wildly successful,” said Matt Burris, Boone County's solid waste coordinator.

        He predicted Kenton County could collect as many as 70,000 to 80,000 waste tires, based on that county's population.

        The local effort is part of a statewide program to rid the commonwealth of waste tires that often litter the landscape and pose a health hazard.

        On Monday, the first day of Kenton County's tire amnesty program, more than 1,000 tires trickled in during the first two hours. By day's end, residents and businesses had dropped off 5,000 tires at the state highway garage at 3923 Madison Pike, across from Pioneer Park.

        Even a tractor trailer getting temporarily stuck in high tension wires didn't slow the traffic at Kenton County's tire amnesty site Monday afternoon.

        The driver of the truck, which dropped off about 800 tires from an Independence service station, was freed after about an hour. In the meantime, vehicles lined up to drop off tires were temporarily diverted around the truck.

        Bary Lusby, Kenton County's solid waste coordinator, said officials in his county already have identified two locations with a total of 8,000 tires. Owners of sites with 1,500 or more tires that are accessible can call Kenton County at 431-2326 to have them picked up. Those with smaller amounts can drop off their tires at the state highway garage.

        Kenton County will continue its tire amnesty program 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday.

        Campbell County will run its program 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1-6 at the county road department on Racetrack Road.

        “During our spring cleanup, we collected at least one or two semis of tires,” said Ron Schneider, Campbell County's deputy director of emergency management.

        This time, he said, county officials know of at least three sites with a total of 5,000 tires, before they even start their tire amnesty program.

        For residents and businesses, the program can mean big savings.

        Normally, it costs between $2 and $3 to get rid of each unwanted tire. Residents hoarding more than 100 waste tires also face possible fines, if they don't have a permit to operate a tire storage or processing facility.

        “I think (Boone County's tires) mostly came from farms,” Mr. Burris said.

        But even with the huge collection, he figures there are still many more tires out there.

        “I'm hopeful we might have gotten maybe half,” he said. “There were too many people who called the last few days to ask about the tire amnesty program. I even had a couple call (Monday) and say, "Are you still collecting tires?'”

        Here are the dates and times for tire dropoffs in Kenton and Campbell counties under a tire amnesty program. There is no fine or fee. Those with 1,500 tires or more can arrange pickup.

        Kenton County's began Monday and Campbell County's begins Nov. 1.

        • Kenton County: Runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturdayat the state highway garage, 3923 Madison Pike, across from Pioneer Park in Covington. Information: 431-2326.

        • Campbell County: Runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1-6 at the county road department on Racetrack Road near A.J. Jolly Park. Information: 635-1111.


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