KDHE Accepting Applications for Waste Reduction Grants
Bureau of Waste Management looks to improve communities through recycling and education projects
Topeka – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is now accepting applications for the Waste Tire and Green School Solid Waste grants. Funds from these two grants will go toward implementing recycling projects in schools and local communities, consequently allowing more Kansans to see that recycling is about more than reducing paper and plastic consumption.
“This is a great opportunity for Kansas communities to reduce the amount of solid waste going to our landfills,” said Dr. Robert Moser, KDHE Secretary. “Not only will these funds help improve local neighborhoods, but citizens can learn more about being good stewards of the environment through the resulting projects.”
All applications satisfying any of the program objectives will be considered. Applicants can apply for the following grants:
- Waste Tire Grants – This grant program stimulates the production and sale of commercial products made from recycled Kansas waste tires including playground cover, park benches and picnic tables. Local units of government and school districts are eligible to apply for funding which will provide up to 50 percent of the total cost to purchase and install eligible products. Waste tire grant applications and guidelines can be found at www.kdheks.gov/waste/forms_grants.html. Applications for these grants should be sent to KDHE, Bureau of Waste Management, 1000 Jackson, Suite 320, Topeka, Kansas 66612 and be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2012.
- Kansas Green School Solid Waste Grants – Funds from this grant are used to improve waste management practices in school buildings and grounds (composting, recycling, etc.). Projects are tied back to classroom curriculum. Applications and guidelines can be found at www.kansasgreenschools.org/kansas-green-school-solid-waste-grants. Online applications for these grants must be received by Feb. 15, 2012.
For more information on these grant opportunities and application procedures, please call (785) 296-1600, or visit www.kdheks.gov/waste/about_grants.html