For Immediate Release
February 6, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Grants Available For Recycling Efforts

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Bureau of Waste Management is announcing the availability of grants for purchasing playground cover and other products derived from waste tires.

Through these grants, KDHE intends to encourage the production and sale of commercial products including playground cover made from recycled Kansas waste tires.  These efforts benefit waste reduction by removing material from the waste stream to conserve landfill space and reduce the need for new solid waste facilities. 

This is the third year of this relatively new grant program following several years of grants to Kansas tire recyclers to purchase equipment to process tires into a usable raw material.

Local units of government are eligible to apply for funding which will provide up to 50 percent of the total cost to purchase and install eligible products made from waste tires. Last year, 61 grants were awarded to local governments primarily to purchase playground cover.

Grant applications will be received by the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management, 1000 Jackson, Suite 320, Topeka, KS 66612-1366 and must be postmarked by Monday, April 6, 2009.

For more information on KDHE’s waste reduction grant opportunities and application procedures, contact the Bureau at (785) 296-1600, or visit the grant program page at: http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/about_grants.html.