Tires

ASHLAND — Ashland County has resurrected its tire-recycling program after having shut down its recycling center nearly one year ago.

Ashland County Commissioner President Denny Bittle said county residents can now drive to two sites to drop off up to 10 tires at a time.

Those wanting to participate must be a resident of Ashland County and show a voucher when dropping them off. The locations are:

• Guy’s Tire Service, 808 Cottage Street, Ashland, OH 44805

• Smetz’s Tire & Service Center, 1220 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805

The sites will allow tires to be dropped there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Vouchers can be picked up at Guy’s and Smetz’s, along with five sites across the county.

• Ashland County Health Department, 1763 State Route 60, Ashland, OH 44805. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Commissioner’s Office, 110 Cottage Street, Ashland, OH 44805. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Polk Market and Deli, 401 North Main St., Polk, OH 44866. The hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday.

• Loudonville Village Hall, 156 North Water St., Loudonville, OH 44842. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Sullivan Market, 246 State Route 58, Sullivan, OH 44880. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday.

Bittle said state law requires the 10-tire limit.

People can use another voucher if they have additional tires, but those who abuse the program will be directed to the Ashland County Health Department to address any tire issues on properties. Abusers could also face being banished from the program altogether, Bittle said.

The program will cost the county $5 to $7 per tire, depending on its size. It includes tires from cars, small trucks, bicycles, motorcycles and smaller tires from lawnmowers. Tires from commercial vehicles are not accepted.

The Ashland County Health Department and the Solid Waste District joined forces to administer the program. The agencies received state grants for the program, Bittle said.

The move represents the latest in an effort to bring back recycling services residents for which residents had grown accustomed for years through the Ashland County Recycling Center, which shuttered in December.

The county launched a revamped recycling program in June, when it announced a partnership with Dover-based Kimble Recycling & Disposal Inc. The contract will cost the county $11,447 a month over five years, the length of the deal.

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