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June 2007

Nearly $900,000 in grants from Ohio aid tire recycling

A resurfaced street in the City of Columbus, a new running track for a Lorain County school and a sidewalk renovation project in the City of Hamilton are among nine projects approved for a total of $898,838 in grants that will use recycled scrap tires in positive ways.

These Scrap Tire Grants range from $100,000 to $350,000 and were awarded to businesses, schools and communities across Ohio to support tire recycling efforts. Grant amounts depend on the amount of recycled tires being utilized.

Organizations receiving funding will use the money to convert 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.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention oversees the Scrap Tire Grant Program, which is funded through scrap tire disposal fees paid by consumers. Ohio has a significant backlog of scrap tires, leading to health and environmental concerns statewide. The Scrap Tire Grant Program has successfully lessened that backlog in recent years, while putting those used and abandoned tires to good use in a variety of innovative ways.

Businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipalities and solid waste management districts are eligible for the grants. A match of at least 100 percent is required.

Previous scrap tire grants have funded various projects including several ground tire re-paving efforts, creation of tire-derived fuel to power industrial boilers and power plants, and the purchase of scrap tire processing equipment.

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