FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDHE Office of Communications
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) has selected the recipients of the Green Schools grants and the waste tire recycling grants for 2014. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state. This year, the grants totaled more than $575,000.
“Promoting and fostering environmental stewardship is a state-wide commitment,” said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, M.D. “By rewarding these municipalities and school districts throughout Kansas 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
Twenty-two Kansas schools were awarded Green Schools grants from the BWM, with awards ranging from $873.75 to $4,500. The Green Schools grants totaled $72,799.02 this year. These grants will fund projects to take place during the 2014-2015 school year and will result in the purchasing of recycling bins, compost programs for cafeteria waste and field trips to community recycling centers. This marks the seventh round of BWM Green Schools grants, which are funded by a $1 per ton state landfill fee.
Waste Tire Recycling Grants
More than $484,000 was awarded in waste tire recycling grants, which goes toward partially funding safe surfacing at playgrounds, tracks and picnic tables and benches made from waste tires. This year’s 29 waste tire recycling grants, ranging from $148.50 to $147,000, are distributed to recipients across the state. 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. Lists of the 2014 grant recipients are attached to this message.