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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Waste Management
Recycling and Local Assistance

Waste Tire Collection Program

The Waste Tire Collection Program, established in 1998, is part of the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC) ongoing effort to rid Kentucky’s landscape of waste tires.

During a waste tire collection event, individuals can drop off their unwanted tires at a specific location within their county at no cost. The EEC contracts for the removal and delivery of the recovered tires to “beneficial end use” markets where they are recycled to become products such as tire-derived fuel or crumb rubber.  Multiple-county programs are included under each contract to achieve an economy of scale necessary to attract large, well-capitalized contractors.

The program is supported by the Waste Tire Trust Fund, which is funded when tire retailers collect a $1 fee on all new replacement motor vehicle tires sold. Retailers may retain five cents to offset administrative costs, but the balance is required to go in the Waste Tire Trust Fund, which is dedicated to managing scrap tires and developing sustainable markets for recycled tire products.  

To date, tire amnesty is responsible for the proper disposal of more than 19 million waste tires. The state has also developed an important end-use market with Owensboro Municipal Utilities to burn waste tires as fuel in its operation. 

Spring 2015 Amnesty Schedule
Pennyrile ADD,  Barren River ADD, Green River ADD
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County Date
Livingston March 12,13,14
Ohio March 12,13,14
Crittenden March 19,20,21
Muhlenberg March 19,20,21
Lyon  March 26,27,28
Todd March 26,27,28
Logan April 9,10,11
Trigg April 9,10,11
Butler April 16,17,18
Christian April 16,17,18
Caldwell April 23,24,25
Edmonson April 23,24,25
Hopkins April 30 - May 1,2
Warren April 30 - May 1,2
Simpson May 7,8,9
Webster May 7,8,9
Allen May 14,15,16
Union May 14,15,16
Barren May 28,29,30
Henderson May 28,29,30
McLean June 4,5,6
Monroe June 4,5,6
Daviess June 18,19,20
Metcalfe June 18,19,20
Hancock June 25,26,27
Hart June 25,26,27