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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. 

2015 Fall Amnesty Schedule
Bluegrass Area Development District
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County Date
Franklin           August 27,28,29
Powell                 August 27,28,29
Anderson           Sept. 10,11,12
Estill           Sept. 10,11,12
Madison         Sept. 17,18,19
Woodford          Sept. 17,18,19
Scott                Sept. 24,25,26
Mercer Sept. 24,25,26
Bourbon           Oct. 1,2,3
Fayette               Oct. 1,2,3
Clark             Oct. 8,9,10
Garrard           Oct. 8,9,10,
Boyle                       Oct.15,16,17
Harrison              Oct. 15,16,17
Lincoln             Oct. 22,23,24
Nicholas              Oct. 22,23,24
Jessamine          Oct. 29, 30, 31