Time to spruce up!

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

If you’ve got a bunch of old tires, car batteries and fluorescent light bulbs lying around your home and don’t know where to dispose of them, you’re in luck.

The Grant County Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring a free tire disposal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 14, April 15 and April 16 at the state road department on U.S. 25, south of Williamstown.

This program is part of the Kentucky Tire Amnesty Program, which is held every three to four years in all Kentucky counties.

The last time the event was held in Grant County was 2008. The state estimated that 60,000 tires were collected.

“This is a way for people to get involved  and clean up the county,” said Grant County Solid Waste Coordinator Bryan Miles.

The free tire disposal is not open to tire retailers.

Miles said this is a good time of year to get rid of old tires because they provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, as well as pollute the land and water sources.

Later in the month, the solid waste district will hold a household hazardous waste collection event.

This state program is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 23 at Grant County High School on Warsaw Road in Dry Ridge.

A few examples of items that will be accepted include: household cleaners, epoxies, glues and waxes, insecticides and aerosol cans. For a complete listing, see page 2 inside this issue.

Items not accepted include latex paint and motor oil. Miles said latex paint can be put out for regular garbage collection once it has been dried out by using kitty litter. Motor oil can be taken to retailers who sell motor oil.

“There shouldn’t be a charge for the motor oil as long as it’s in the original container and is just motor oil,” Miles said.

This is the third time that the program has been held locally. Funding comes from the Division of Waste Management through the Kentucky Pride Fund, and by the Grant County Fiscal Court, Grant County solid waste advisory (109) board, the Grant County News and Express and Grant County High School.

Also being collected is electronic waste including computer monitors, fax machines, printers, copiers and audio/video equipment.

No television sets will be accepted.

The solid waste district also sponsors a spring and fall trash/bulky item clean up.

Trash and garbage will be picked up April 25 through April 29 on regular garbage collection days.
Bulky items may be placed curbside May 2 through May 6. Appliances containing Freon (refrigerators, freezers and ice cream machines) will also be picked up but an appointment must be scheduled by calling the solid waste office at 859-824-3050.

“All of these events tie together to give our residents to opportunity to do some spring cleaning, when they might get into their crawl spaces and basements and find things they don’t know how to get rid of,” Miles said. “We’re happy to provide this free service to residents because it makes our county look better.”


• April 14 - April 16 - Tire Amnesty
• April 23 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection
• April 25 - April 29 - Spring  cleanup
• May 2 - May 6 - Bulky Items/Applicance Pick Up