For Immediate Release
July 23, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Nearly $700,000 in Grants Awarded For Tire Recycling Efforts

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Bureau of Waste Management has awarded nearly $700,000 in waste tire recycling grants to municipalities and school districts across the state. Most of the grants will go toward partially funding the purchase of products that provide safe surfacing at playgrounds and for picnic tables and benches made from waste tires.

“These efforts have the added benefits of conserving landfill space, encouraging recycling and reducing waste, along with the need for new waste facilities,” stated KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby. “This grant program is definitely a ‘win-win’ for Kansas.”

This year’s 61 waste tire recycling grants, ranging from $275 to $33,800, are distributed to recipients across the state. This is the second year of the grant program following several years of grants to Kansas tire processors to purchase equipment to process the tires into a usable raw material. The grants are funded from a 25-cent tax paid on the purchase of new tires.

For more information on KDHE’s waste reduction grant opportunities and application procedures, contact the Bureau of Waste Management at 785-296-1600, or visit the grant program page at:

Note to reporters: A list of grant recipients and a map of their locations throughout Kansas are attached.