Gage County officials are planning for another tire amnesty event where junk tires can be recycled, though not until next year.
The County Board of Supervisors approved applying for a grant to once again host the event, which is typically put on once every two years.
Paul Hay, who helps organize the event, told the board that grant applications must now be submitted earlier than before, meaning the next tire amnesty event is being planned for 2020.
“The state Department of Environmental Quality has moved up the application date six months so we have to apply this summer for a grant for tire amnesty that will be held in August 2020,” he said. “We have to apply more than a year in advance.”
The last tire amnesty event, held in August, reached the 375 ton limit on the first day.
“This last year we were very successful in getting a lot of tires,” Hay said. “We had several acreages north of town that got cleaned up. Good things, however it took us a long time to get those tires out of there.”
During that event 306 residents participated from 16 different Gage County communities. Wymore and Blue Springs alone brought in 10 tons of tires, according to Daily Sun archives.
Participants brought in about 6,488 car tires, 1,709 semi-truck tires, 324 tractor tires and 96 bicycle tires.
County Board Chairman Erich Tiemann said the program is one that should continue, since it benefits the area.
“I know there are a lot of tree lines, a lot of acreages cleaned up this last time,” he said. “It really is a great service for our area.”
Every other year Gage County qualifies for the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.