For Immediate Release
April 14, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Announces Tire Recycling Grant Recipients

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management has awarded nearly $350,000 in waste tire recycling grants to municipalities and school districts across the state. Most of the grants will go toward partially funding safe surfacing at playgrounds and picnic tables and benches made from waste tires.

This year’s 24 waste tire recycling grants, ranging from $379 to $89,520, are distributed to recipients across the state. This is the fifth round 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 through a 25-cent tax paid on the purchase of new tires.

“Over 140,000 waste tires will be recycled to make the products funded by these grants,” explained Bureau of Waste Management Director Bill Bider. “This popular grant program helps local governments and schools purchase high quality, durable products which they may not otherwise be able to buy in today’s times of tight budgets.”

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

Note to reporters: Click here for a list of grant recipients and map.