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Amnesty event nets over 1,500 tires: Solid waste district event had over 200 truck loads

As Dan Palmer, the executive director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, predicted, they were very busy during its annual tire amnesty day on Saturday.

“We collected 1,757 tires from 208 pickup trucks. That equates to 439 tires per hours and 52 vehicles per hour,” he said. “That is amazing.”

The event at the Ironton Hills Plaza gives Lawrence County residents a chance to dispose of up to 10 tires. The solid waste district then makes sure the tires are properly recycled.

Palmer said they started at 9:30 a.m. and at no time, did we get a break,” Palmer said. “There was a consistent line of vehicles of no less than 25 vehicles at any time.

He said the last truck was unloaded at 1:55 p.m.

He added that there were residents from all over the county, including Chesapeake, South Point, Ironton, Willow Wood, Andis, Waterloo, Kitts Hill and Coal Grove.

“It was a fantastic turnout,” Palmer said.

The solid waste district has more waste events coming up.

On Saturday morning, there will be a drug take back day at the Ironton Hills Plaza with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

They will take prescription and over-the-counter medications and sharps like syringes.

Palmer said the pills would be taken by the sheriff’s office to OSCO Industries in Portsmouth for incineration, which is approved by the EPA. Our Lady of Bellefonte Urgent Care at Ironton Hills took the sharps for disposal.

An electronic waste and document shred day will be on May 11.

“People will have the opportunity to properly dispose of their electronics, such as cell phones, computers, key boards, copy machines, etc.,” Palmer said. “We’ll also be shredding any sensitive documents that people may have and want to get rid of.”