Warren County Sanitation Department has reopened its used tire depository. Homeowners can rid themselves of those pesky used tires.
“The site is back open on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,” said Sanitation Department director Josh Roberts of the site on Belmont Drive. “If you’ve been holding onto any used tires, feel free to bring them on that day during those hours.”
Warren County Sheriff’s Department staffs the site with jail trustees to assist the public.
The county also accepts tires from local businesses. In an effort to get the tire rolling and handle what was expected to be an avalanche, Sanitation Department staff contacted businesses and allowed them to drop off tires last week.
“We knew there were be quite a few,” said Roberts. “We decided to stagger the opening and allow businesses to drop theirs off last Wednesday. We accepted 1,500 tires that day. Can you imagine? That’s a lot of tires in one day for three trustees to unload and hand stack.”
Over the last couple months, the department has set records in its collection efforts. During April, the department received 915 tons of household trash, cardboard, metal, newsprint, aluminum cans, used oil, electronics, plastic, etc.
“May was a slight decrease from April,” said Roberts. “In May, we received almost 898 tons. We’ve never hit those numbers at the Sanitation Department. Those are record numbers. We did more than any Christmas or Thanksgiving. That’s saying a lot. Hats off to all my employees. They’ve done well during this pandemic. I couldn’t do it without them.”
The slight decrease is being considered a light at the end of the tunnel.
“If we hang in there a little bit longer, we might see a decrease,” said Roberts. “A lot of people are at home and not working so they have more time for spring cleaning. Our numbers have always picked up during the spring, but nothing like this.”
The department is continuing to urge visitors to adhere to social distancing while at any of its convenience centers.