Logan County has approximately 30,000 less tires laying around thanks to Tire Amnesty a state funded program implemented to collect and recycle Kentucky's used rubber.
Tire Amnesty usually comes to communities every three years, accepting anything from tractor tires to car and truck tires.
The first three days of May were set aside for the Amnesty program which was held at the state road barn in Russellville.
Logan County Solid Waste Coordinator Debbie Nelson said the event was a success. She said even though she knows they didn't get all of Logan County's tires they made a good dent.
Nelson cleaned up five illegal dumps which held approximately 4,000 ties combined. She received a grant for illegal dump cleanup from the state and used that money to clean up the tire dumps.
“I saw a lot of farmers come to the amnesty bringing tractor tires,” said Nelson adding, “There were people who brought in a couple of tires to those who brought in truck loads. I am glad people realize the importance of a clean environment.
Nelson said the tires will be hauled off to a recycling facility who will grind them into maternal that can be put in parks or landscape projects.
“I hope the amnesty program will be back to Logan County in a couple of years but we don't know because it is a state funded program and sometimes these types of services get cut from the budget.”
Nelson did say if you weren't able to make Logan's Amnesty program you can catch Todd County's in the spring of 2009.