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Tire Disposal Program Offers Free, Effective Way To Deal with Potential Hazard

Wednesday May 7, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program that offers residents two days in mid-May to dispose of old, worn tires for free – a process that helps remove potential health and environmental problems.

The free Tire Disposal Program – also known as Tire Amnesty – will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16-17 at four regional locations in Louisville Metro, Abramson said. The program is operated by Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Services and funded by the state.
“Currently, when someone has old or worn tires that are no longer useable, the options are limited,” Abramson said. “People either pay to dispose of tires or store them on their property. In the worst case, they dump them somewhere, creating a potential environmental problem.”

Abramson said there also is a potential health hazard involved because when water accumulates inside tires, they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

The Tire Disposal Program allows people to turn in their tires at the following locations:
1. Hubbards Lane, Metro Recycling Center -- 595 Hubbards Lane
2. Metro Waste Reduction Center -- 636 Meriwether Ave.
3. Outer Loop Recycling & Disposal Facility -- 7353 Grade Lane
4. Dixie Highway Metro Recycling Center -- 7219 Dixie Highway

The tires will be shredded and used as buffers in landfills. At the Outer Loop Landfill in southern Jefferson County, the shredded tires will be placed between the liner and garbage to reduce the likelihood of leaks into ground water. “This program turns a potential environmental hazard into an environmental answer,” Abramson said.

The program will accept passenger tires, light truck tires (vans/suvs), truck tires and agricultural tires. The program will not accept construction equipment tires or tires from tire businesses or dealers. There is no limit to the number of tires a person can bring in.

The Tire Disposal Program is a state funded program, an outgrowth of the Waste Tire Trust Fund. A $1 fee is collected for every new tire that is sold in the state. The funds are used, in part, for cleanups of large tire dumps.