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Tire recycling program to begin October 1

Stearns – A state funded program aimed at ridding the county of unwanted waste tires will begin on October 1.

The McCreary County Judge’s Office was awarded $4,000 this week to continue the tire recycling program. This is the fourth consecutive year, grant funds have been allocated for the program. The funding is utilized only for allowing local residents to dispose of unwanted vehicle tires. The program is completely grant funded and free for all McCreary County residents.

“This is a great program aimed at helping our citizens and we are pleased to offer this recycling opportunity again this year,” said Doug Stephens, McCreary County Judge-Executive.

Utilizing the program is very easy and free for all local residents. If an individual has less than ten tires they need to recycle, they can take them to the transfer station/recycling center in Stearns. A convenient trailer is placed out front of the recycling center as a repository for the waste tires.

If an individual has more than ten tires, they can come to the Judge Executive’s Office and request a voucher. The tires and voucher can then be taken to Leslie’s Tires in Stearns, the county’s certified recycling partner in this program.

Both methods of disposal of completely free, funded by the grant, and will be available until all funds are exhausted or the grant deadline of June 30 arrives. Citizens are highly encouraged to participate in the program as any funds not spent locally in the program must be returned to the Commonwealth.

Last year 1,441 tires were recycled through the program. A total of 3,521 tires have been recycled through the program since being made available to the county in 2011.

The program is funded through the Kentucky PRIDE program and administered by the Division of Waste Management. To learn more about recycling in McCreary County please visit You can also contact the Judge Executive’s Office at 376-2413 for more information.

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