If you planned to bring tires to the Antelope County Tire Amnesty this week, you have missed your opportunity.
According to the City of Neligh, the grant allowed for 310 tons of tire disposal and by early Tuesday morning, that amount had been collected. That's 620,000 pounds of tires from Antelope County disposed of in little more than two days.
"We had a tremendous response," Neligh City Clerk Dana Klabenes said. "We actually contacted the state to ask if we could collect more, and they said they will only pay for that have given notification for."
The City of Neligh qualified for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) Waste Reduction and Recycle Grant For Scrap Tire Collection.
Beginning on Saturday, trucks full of tires from Antelope County residents began hauling loads to the Neligh Tree Dump south of town on Highway 14. The grant allowed for free disposal of car, truck or tractor tires (excluding tire dealers) from Aug. 9-16 until the grant was met.
"We knew we would meet our limit, but we didn't know it would take just over two days," Klabenes said.
The last tire amnesty in Neligh was three years ago. Klabenes said the City of Neligh will apply for another grant as soon as they meet the criteria to do so. The City has not been eligible the last two years.