Hopkins County Hosts Tire Collection Event | Local news


Hopkins County Public Works is holding a tire collection from July 8-10, in partnership with the Kentucky Waste Management Division.

Greg Camplin, Hopkins County’s solid waste coordinator, said the collection is conducted every three years and is a government sponsored event.

“It’s only for the county tire collection to help clean up facilities and the county,” he said.

Pickup is from the Barnsley Convenience Center, 5697 Hopkinsville Road, Madisonville. He said tires would be accepted on Thursday, July 8th and Friday, July 9th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, July 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

According to the flyer, accepted tires can be tires with or without rims, from agricultural equipment, bicycles, motorcycles, go-karts, ATVs, tractors or trucks and cars. Foam-filled, lime-filled tires in off-road construction, rubber tracks or solid tires with or without are not accepted pressed rims.

“That’s all the state dictates what’s acceptable and what’s not,” said Camplin.

He said the county has been heavily involved in recent years. Six years ago the district took in around 24,000 to 25,000 tires, three years ago almost 17,000 tires.

The reason for the event is to clean up the eyesores and tire build-up on people’s property, farms or illegal dumps, he said.

“A lot of people just take these out and dump them somewhere on the side of the road,” said Camplin. “It only helps to clean up those areas.”

Another reason is that tires lying around tend to hold water, which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Hopkins County isn’t holding onto the tire, he said. The state pays the presence of a contractor, usually Liberty Tire, from Marion.

“They have their machines and they load all the tires into their containers and take them to their facility for shredding and whatever they do with them,” said Camplin.

The event is open to the district, but tire dealers, scrap and scrap yards and recycling companies are not allowed to take part in the tire collection event.

For more information, contact Hopkins County Public Works at 270-383-2711.

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