Bell County, in partnership with the Division of Waste Management, is sponsoring a waste tire collection event scheduled to be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, 8 and 9. Tires can be dropped off free of charge at the state highway garage, located on old 25E Highway in Pineville.
Any Kentucky resident is eligible to participate in the program, with the exception of tire retailers, scrap yards and recyclers.
“This is a good opportunity to dispose of your tires for free,” said Joyce Hoskins with the Solid Waste Center.
Tires will be accepted on or off the rim. The garage will accept various types of tires including truck, light truck, passenger, tractor, bicycle, motorcycle, farm implement and go-cart tires.
Tires that will not be accepted include OTR, tracks, sheet rubber, solid, calcium or otherwise filled, or any tire with a bead greater than 1.75 inches.
According to Hoskins, this event is held in every county in the state. Areas in the Cumberland Valley ADD district are currently holding the events. She said the tire disposal event usually comes to the county once every two years.
Hoskins said the Transfer Station, located just of U.S. 25E in Pineville, disposes of tires year round but there are charges. It is $2 for car tires and then there are additional charges if the tire is still on the rim. The charge also increases for larger tires as well.
For those who miss the local event, Harlan County will be hosting a waste tire collection event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 14, 15 and 16. That event will take place at the state highway garage in Harlan, located just off U.S. 119 in Dayhoit.
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