For Immediate Release
Jonathan Larance, 785-291-3684
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management announces the recipients of the Green Schools grants and the waste tire recycling grants. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state, and this year, they totaled more than $450,000.
“Promoting and fostering environmental stewardship is a state-wide commitment,” said Dr. Robert Moser, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “By rewarding these municipalities and school districts throughout our state for their innovation and hard work, we can ensure that our children are participating in a project that sparks a lifelong interest in conservation.”
Green Schools Grants
Grants ranging from $210 to $4,500 were awarded to 26 Kansas schools, totaling more than $75,000. These grants are for projects to take place during the 2012–2013 school year, and projects include purchasing recycling bins, beginning composting programs for cafeteria waste and field trips to community recycling centers. This marks the fifth round of Waste Management Green Schools grants. Green Schools grants are funded by a $1 per ton state landfill fee.
Waste Tire Recycling Grants
More than $375,000 was awarded in waste tire recycling grants, which goes toward partially funding safe surfacing at playgrounds and picnic tables and benches made from waste tires. This year’s 43 waste tire recycling grants, ranging from $300 to $47,617, are distributed to recipients across the state. This is the sixth round of the popular 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.
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 www.kdheks.gov/waste. If you are interested in learning more about Kansas Green Schools, please visit www.kansasgreenschools.org.
Click here for the 2012 Waste Tire Grant Awardees and the 2012-2013 Kansas Green School Grant Awardees.