FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2013

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


KDHE Accepting Waste Reduction Grant Applications

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management is accepting applications for two types of waste reduction grant programs: Kansas Green Schools grants and Waste Tire grants. The Kansas Green Schools grant program provides K-12 schools with the opportunity to implement recycling projects and teach students valuable environmental lessons. The Waste Tire grant program helps communities improve their playgrounds and parks by purchasing products made from waste tires.

“We are pleased to be able to provide financial assistance to schools and local governments to implement projects that reduce the amount of solid waste going to our landfills and at the same time teach lifelong lessons about being good stewards of our environment, ” said Bill Bider, Director, Bureau of Waste Management.

Green Schools Grants
Green Schools grants assist schools with the start-up or enhancement of waste reduction projects. Schools can visit www.kdheks.gov/waste/about_grants.html to view the grant criteria, download the grant development workbook and complete the online grant application. Applications for these grants must be postmarked by Feb. 15, 2014. Eligible grant projects must be consistent with the pre-approved list found in the grant criteria. Grant recipients will be notified by the end of May 2014.

The Kansas Green Schools Program combines grants, workshop opportunities for teachers and technical support for schools to make environmental improvements to their buildings and grounds while tying the projects to classroom curriculum. Check www.kansasgreenschools.org for updates on additional grant opportunities or contact Rachel Wahle at RWahle@kacee.org or 785-539-7943 for more information. All grants are subject to available funding.

Waste Tire Grants
A major goal of the Waste Tire grant program is to stimulate the production and sale of commercial products made from recycled Kansas waste tires including playground cover, horticulture products and extruded and molded products such as park benches and picnic tables. When waste tires are recycled, landfill space and natural resources are conserved and playground safety is enhanced.
 
Local units of government and school districts are eligible to apply for funding which provides up to 50 percent of the total cost to purchase and install eligible products made from waste tires. Waste tire grant applications and guidelines can be found at www.kdheks.gov/waste/forms_grants.html. Applications for these grants must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2014. Waste tire grant applications can be emailed to Karen Lollman at KLollman@kdheks.gov or sent to KDHE Bureau of Waste Management, 1000 Jackson, Suite 320, Topeka, KS 66612-1366. 

For more information on these grant opportunities and application procedures, contact the Bureau of Waste Management at (785) 296-1600 or visit the grant program web pages published above.