Scrap tire disposal exceeds expectations

SIDNEY, NE — An environmental group in the Panhandle exceeding all expectations with a recent program.

Keep Sidney Beautiful held a scrap tire disposal drive this week with a capacity to collect 500 tons of rubber.

The event was supposed to last from Monday to Saturday, but the limit was reached Wednesday afternoon.

Keep Sidney Beautiful director Jason Nelke says the success demonstrates the need for more programs like this in the future.

"I'm amped honestly," Nelke said. "Just to see that amount of turnout, I believe there were 364 registered loads to come through that scale house, so that was huge."

Nelke wants to bring the event back, but says they can't do it every year due to grant funding requirements. Recycled scrap tires can be reused in a variety of ways from feed insulation to playground flooring.

The success of this event made Nelke optimistic they can continue to host similar programs for hazardous waste (for materials such as paint) and electronics.