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Flats wanted
City prepares for tire clean-up
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Looking for a place to retire those old tires? The City of Great Bend may have a solution.
The city-wide tire clean-up will take place from Monday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 28. The public is asked to bring their tires to the Great Bend Compost Site, located at 97 SW 5 Ave., a half mile south of Railroad Avenue across from The Rack restaurant.
The site will be monitored  by city employees to make sure no unwanted tires are left, said Gregg Vannoster, city sanitarian. All persons bringing tires must show proof of residency within the city limits of Great Bend (current utility bill or driver’s license).
All tires must be brought to the Compost Site and city employees will not pick up tires.
Tires that will be accepted include:
• Passenger car and light truck tires up to 10 ply and up to 12 inch tread width including tires on rims.
Tires not accepted include:
• Semi-truck tires, tractor and implement tires.
• Motorcycle and bicycle tires.
• Lawn mower and ATV tires.
• Race car tires with over a 12-inch tread width.
• Airplane tires.
• Rotten tires.
 No salvaging will be allowed, Vannoster said. No dumping of unapproved tires will be permitted and violators will be subject to criminal prosecution.
This clean-up is part of a tire recycling effort and is being held in conjunction with Western Ag Services which will dispose of the tires for the city for the company’s use. Western Ag will use the sidewalls of the tires to hold down the hay tarps it makes. The treads will be stored at the site for a short time before they are recycled by another company and turned into mats for livestock housed in feedlots.
Hours for the clean-up are:
• Monday – Friday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
• Saturday – 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Sunday – 1 p.m. -5 p.m.
For more information, contact Vannoster at 620-793-4150.