A state tire amnesty campaign is allowing Owensboro residents to get rid of old tires at no cost for the next couple days.
"I just had some old tires laying around the farm and wanted to get rid of them," said recycler Herman Fleming.
No matter if they're big, small, busted or torn, at the State Garage a tire is a tire, and they're all going to the same place.
"We do two districts at a time and it takes two years to get around to every county in the state," said state amnesty manager Rick Elder.
For recyclers like Ben Thompson, it's a win-win.
"It saves a lot of money and helps clean up the environment," Thompson said.
And for the county and commonwealth, the tires are saving money, too and going right back into the ground.
"We make landscape mulch, playground mulch," Elder said.
The tires are also going back into Kentucky communities.
"Chips we can't get the wire out of are burned, are mixed with their coal and burn here at the power plant," Elder told 14 News.
Elder says tire litter can cause health issues and these drop off sites help reduce illegal dumping.
"When there's illegal dumps, it leads to mosquito problems and of course land owners are dumped on their property without their knowledge."
And when there's less waste on the roadways, "It makes the countryside prettier, there's not people throwing tires out," noted Thompson. "All you have to do is load them up and bring them out here."
You can bring your tires to the State Highway Garage in Owensboro Friday and Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at no cost.
For more information on the amnesty program, click here.