Sedgwick County tire recycling event a 'huge success'

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

So many Kansans dump their tires illegally, but the county has to clean that up.  When they hosted their free recycling event, they had no idea the turnout they'd get.

 "I was shocked," says Cindy Le, Sedgwick County Environmental Project Manager. 

Thousands of cars lining up before the county opened to accept tens of thousands of tires.

 "I didn't expect that many people to come out. we actually had to open every day early," says Lee. 

The total number of tires dropped off in a three day period...more than 180-thousand - shocking to the county, and to those who recycle tires as part of their business the rest of the year.


"In some ways, yes. but really not. because there's lots of tires out there," says Greg Mills.

Greg Mills says he sees only about 60-thousand tires in a year, barely enough to keep his recycling business going.


"I'm happy to see they got that many. but the question is where were they?"

Both Mills and Cindy Le with Sedgwick County say this will help prevent illegal dumping of tires all over the county.


"I see it in the city, I see it in the county," says Mills. 

Thousands of those tires now headed for recycling instead.

"Eventually all of the tires will be recycled and turned into tire products like oil, among other things," says Mills. 

The county started holding free tire recycling events in 2000... 

"It's obviously needed," says Le. 

And, while all of this costs the county about two hundred and fifteen thousand dollars... that's compared to the nearly eight thousand it spends every year cleaning up illegal dumping sites.


"So people call us constantly about tires, what they can do with them. 6:52 and a lot of times it's people that purchase property and they have a bunch of tires that were just hoarded," says Le.
 

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