Get rid of your old tires free of charge
COVINGTON, Ky. – Oh, the fate of used tires. Left in the corner of the back yard, they collect water and breed mosquitoes. Stuck in the corner of the garage or basement, they take up space.
Thrown into the woods, they take decades to decompose, leaching toxic chemicals into the water supply. Put simply, the rubber rings once praised for their sleek looks, giving our vehicles traction in the rain and helping us stop in an emergency only causes problems.
What should a conscientious resident do?
If you live in Covington, you can get rid of your old tires for free starting on Saturday, thanks to a first-ever drop-off event hosted by the City of Covington and Rumpke Waste & Recycling. Residents can drop off up to 10 tires, with or without rims, although some special tires are prohibited (see details below). All tires will be recycled, says Rumpke. The event resolves a long-standing problem in the city, as tires cannot be thrown in regular trash cans or recycling bins, said Sheila Fields, Covington’s solid waste and recycling coordinator.
“We’re thrilled because this gives homeowners a viable option to responsibly dispose of something in a way that won’t cost them or end up harming the environment,” said Fields. “Whether you have a few tires around the house or know of abandoned ones around the neighborhood, this is your opportunity.”
The drop-off event takes place Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Covington transfer station at 4399 Boron Drive, at the south end of the street. To get to the site, turn right just before the City’s public works garage.
You must be a resident of Covington and no businesses – such as tire retailers, junk yards or salvage yards, and recycling facilities – are allowed to participate. The event was made possible by a new, expanded partnership between the city and Rumpke, who took over ownership of the transfer station, Fields said. “Rumpke is working with us to solve a series of challenges for our residents related to waste and recycling,” she said. “It will definitely make our neighborhoods cleaner. “
Cars and trucks
Tractor, agricultural tool
Foam filled tires
Tires filled with calcium
On-road tires (OTR)
Solid tires with or without pressure rim
Tires with a bead greater than 1¾ inches