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Tire amnesty planned for LaRue and Hardin counties

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Residents wanting to rid their properties of unwanted or unused tires will have several opportunities to dispose of them in upcoming weeks.

Hardin County government and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management are hosting a tire amnesty program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11-13.

Bob Hall, county solid waste coordinator, said the primary staging area is the Kentucky Highway Maintenance Garage at 310 Valley Creek Road in Elizabethtown.

Secondary drop-off areas will be arranged at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, Kentucky 86 Fire Station in the Cecilia area and a site next to the Vine Grove Recycling Trailer on Mill Street April 11 and 12 only.

LaRue County’s tire amnesty is May 2-4.

Solid Waste Coordinator Jill Gray said the drop-off site is the County Maintenance Garage on N. Lincoln Boulevard, across from LaRue County High School.

Homeowners, landowners and farmers are eligible to take part in the program, and tires on rims will be accepted. The program will not accept foam-filled tires, off-road construction equipment tires or solid tires with pressed-on rims.

Hall said the program is only allowable every few years and is managed by the state, which also covers expenses.

Typically, Hall said, the tires are taken from the sites, shredded and used in several venues, such as road surface work or rubber fill for playgrounds.

“They’re put to good use,” Hall said. “They’re not just destroyed.”