The clean up of a stretch of Miller Road previously littered with illegally dumped trash recently was completed.

The road, also known as County Road 1500, was closed in mid-April for the cleanup.

Hardin County Solid Waste Coordinator Steph­anie Givens said the area was littered with old tires, couches, paint cans, appliances and more. She said there may have even been a few car bumpers.

The cleanup was made possible thanks to a grant the county received through the Ken­tucky Division of Waste Management. The illegal dump site was cleared by B&J Transfer at a cost of $39,400.

Givens did not yet have figures for the tonnage collected.

Givens said this most recent cleaning of the area marks the second time the county has been forced to take action.

To prevent future dumping at the site, Givens said they have installed surveillance cameras. Signs also are in place warning against it. She said they also would like to install more and higher fencing.

Also last month, the solid waste department held its annual electronic recycling event that gives Hardin County residents an alternative mode of disposing of unwanted devices.

Items accepted for disposal included cameras, cellphones, computers, copiers, keyboards, modems, scanners, telephones, VCR and CD players and video game equipment.

Givens said despite a rain-filled day, they still experienced a good turnout with 589 cars taking part in the event.

She did not yet have the pounds collected, but anticipated it to be similar to what they collected last year, which was 94,578 pounds.

“We’re probably not too far off of that or may even be more than that,” she said.

In March, the county also conducted a tire collection event that happens only once every three years in Hardin County.

The free opportunity for residents to rid themselves of unwanted tires was part of a statewide event in cooperation with the Ken­tucky Division of Waste Management.

Givens said they had a total of 788 cars come through and collected 56,483 tires.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or

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