North Central RC&D along with MNNRD completed a Nebraska Dept of Energy and Environment Tire Amnesty Friday afternoon. The goal of 300 ton was reached mid-afternoon. Kim Burge, Executive Director for RC&D reported 221 loads of tires were hauled to the City of Valentine property East of the high school on Thursday and Friday. Burge reported that “The event was a huge success. And they probably could have asked for a 400 ton limit on the Tire Amnesty Grant. The last Tire Amnesty for Cherry County was held in 2004.

Resource Management of Bronell Kansas, was awarded the contract to haul the tires to their new destination. They provide all loading, transporting, recycling, processing and disposal of tires involved in this clean-up. They recycle any tires that are able to be utilized for the available markets – this includes feed bunks, sidewall rings for silage cover weights, and Alternate Daily Cover for landfills. Tires will start moving out this Wednesday.

The RC&D and MNNRD would like to thank everyone that gathered their tires to be recycled. Two hundred twenty one loads certainly confirmed the need for this amnesty event. They would also like to thank Hansen-Mueller, Little Outlaw Canoe Rental, Union Bank, City of Valentine, and Midland News for their support with this event. And a special thank you to KVSH for their coverage before and duration the collection.

Burge stated that it will probably be 5 years before we might be awarded the grant again,” The next focus is electronic recycling with a collection event on May 4th in Valentine. The one time chance to recycle your old heavy tube TV’s for free and other electronic devices.” The collection will be 11 to 3 on May 4th at the Middle Niobrara NRD parking lot in Valentine. Call Kim Burge for details at 402 376 5842.