A dozen members from the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management Field Operations Branch and Recycling and Local Assistance Branch helped local volunteers from Friends of the Tug Fork River, AmeriCorps, West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), and Williamson Parks and Recreation Commission remove about 500 used tires in the eastern Kentucky Appalachian community of South Williamson.
Nearly 300 million waste tires are generated each year in the U.S.; four million in Kentucky alone.
Even so, Kentucky’s Division of Waste Management (DWM) sees a growth potential for RMA.
Since 2016, the agency has been helping local governments fund road resurfacing projects using RMA.
A Hardin County property, contaminated by thousands of gallons of petroleum, provided an opportunity for EEC personnel to clean up the spill using “soil mixing.”