For Immediate Release
June 12, 2009

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

Nearly $500,000 in Grants Awarded For Tire Recycling Efforts

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Bureau of Waste Management has awarded nearly $500,000 in waste tire recycling grants to municipalities and school districts across the state. Most of the grants will help partially fund the purchase of products that provide safe surfacing at playgrounds and for picnic tables and benches made from waste tires.

“These grants are a wonderful opportunity for communities and school districts across the state to purchase products that encourage recycling and waste reduction,” said KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby.  “Through this program we are conserving landfill space which reduces the need for new waste facilities.”

This year’s 48 waste tire recycling grants, ranging from $269 to $79,315, are distributed to recipients across the state. This is the third 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: www.kdheks.gov/waste/.

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