- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - It took just a few hours for 300 tons of tires to be collected at the Gage County Fairgrounds in Beatrice.

The 2014 Gage County Tire Amnesty was supposed to run for nine hours on two days but took just seven hours to reach the 300-ton limit on Wednesday after the event began at 8 a.m., the Beatrice Daily Sun reported (http://bit.ly/1oA1Ohy ). At the last tire amnesty in 2012, just 197 tons of used tires were collected.

“It was a lot busier than we were two years ago,” said Nicole Stoner of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension office in Beatrice. “The trucks just kept coming in, and everyone had a full load. There were a lot more big tires, and the big ones take up a lot more weight, That’s why we filled up so quick, I think.”

Stoner said people wanting to drop off their tires after the limit was reached were turned away.

“That’s too bad, because they’re looking for a place to recycle those tires, as well,” she said. “It’s good for them to have a good way to get rid of these tires, rather than just throwing them in a landfill or even worse locations.”

Champlin Tire Recycling, from Concordia, Kansas, will be paid $82 a ton to haul away the tires. The company’s website says Champlin processes, manufactures and sells products made from scrap tires and plastics.

The 10 Tire Amnesty events held in Gage County since 1998 have collected more than 1,969 tons of tires.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, http://www.beatricedailysun.com

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