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June 2006

Grants strengthen Ohio’s scrap tire recycling efforts

Columbus, OH— A total of $1,451,985 in Scrap Tire Grants has been awarded to businesses, schools and communities across the state to support their scrap tire recycling efforts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention.

Grants range from $75,000 to $350,000 depending on the amount of recycled tires being utilized. The organizations receiving grants have proposed converting manufacturing operations to accept scrap tire material, expand tire processing, use scrap tire material in civil engineering projects or develop recycling related technology for scrap tire material.

“Ohio is a lead innovator in scrap tire recycling,” said ODNR Director Sam Speck. “Each year millions of scrap tires that may have taken up valuable landfill space are finding new life in recycled products. These scrap tire grants are instrumental in giving communities and businesses the support they need to creatively reduce tire waste.”

Those eligible for the grants include businesses, educational institutions, solid waste management districts, authorities, municipalities and non-profit organizations. Matching funds were required to be at least equal to the grant amount.

Previous scrap tire grants have been used to fund various projects, including the creation of tire-derived fuel to power specially designed industrial boilers.

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