FREMONT – Cars lined up Friday morning for the annual Scrap Tire Collection event.
This is the sixth year the Papio Missouri River NRD, Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D, and Lower Elkhorn NRD have hosted the Scrap Tire Collection event. This year it took place at the Washington County Fair, and went from 8 a.m. to noon. Sub-district One Director for the Papio Missouri River NRD, Ted Japp, says it’s a big event that takes a joint effort to put together.
“Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality as grants us money to conduct this event,” said Japp. “So the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District, Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District, and Nebraska Loess Hills RC&D are here to help us with this, and so it’s a joint effort. And we have a lot of volunteers, up to 35 volunteers here also.”
The ten county collection area included Burt, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston and Washington counties. The collection accepted all sizes of tires. According to Japp they collected motorcycle tires, car and pickup tires, and tractor tires. He says there’s always a need for this event each year.
“If you take a look at the mountain of tires that we’re accumulating, you can see the need. It’s a yearly event, and yet we’re still able to see 450 tons of tires here at least,” said Japp. “And they’ll do it again probably next year, and they’ll have the same amount or more as it becomes better known. But there’s no diminishing in the number of tires that show up every year.”
According to Japp, by approximately 10:30 a.m. there had already been an estimated three hundred vehicles that had come through the line at the event.
Champlin Tire Recycling in Kansas will process and recycle all the tires that were collected during the event. They’re processing includes repair and retreat of any salvageable casings, reclamation of tires meeting used tires specifications, and the production of park benches, picnic tables, and feed bunks.