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Lexington businessman cleans up Habitat mess

After we aired a story about hundreds of tires illegally dumped on the site of a future Habitat for Humanity Home, Jim Greathouse, owner of Wildcat Tree Service, decided to do something about it.

"It really shocked me that individual would do something like this. Not only this property, but it makes the city of Lexington look bad," he says.

Habitat workers had planned for a group of high school volunteers to clean up the mess, but Greathouse was much better suited for the job.

"You can see right over here, it'll just go down and pick anything up. It'll pick up to 7,000 pounds. It'll do the job!" he says.

Habitat workers say all the tires that once covered the grassy area will go to the Waste Management company who've offered to dispose of them for free. Jim volunteered to have his truck come out and pick up the tires free of charge. Habitat workers say using the large claw on Jim's truck to pick up the trash is safer than having the students do it by hand.

"It's much safer to use this kind of equipment rather than having the kids load the tires up one at a time. It makes a lot quicker work of it so that we can utilize them in another capacity to help us build a home for a family that needs it," says Joe Reckelhoff of Lexington Habitat for Humanity.

Greathouse says it was time well-spent.

"I just hope that other people will see what we're doing here and maybe in the future they'll give a few minutes out of their day. It makes you feel good, is what it does," he says.

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