Ohio Awards Nearly $1 Million in Recycled Tires Market Development Grants

Columbus, OH - Nearly 4 million scrap tires that might otherwise clog Ohio landfills and illegal dumps will be used instead to produce a variety of useful products, thanks to state grants announced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

ODNR has awarded $927,739 in Scrap Tire Market Development Grants to five solid waste management districts and their private sector partners in southwestern, northeastern and central Ohio. This year's grants will help fund projects to shred used tires and recycle them as fuel, landscaping materials and playground surfaces.

"With these grants, we are helping find innovative ways to reduce Ohio's stockpile of scrap tires and address the serious environmental and public health challenges those tires present," said ODNR Director Sam Speck.

Maximum grant amount was $350,000 for manufacturing or processing projects involving more than 1,000,000 scrap tires annually. Lesser amounts were available for projects using smaller quantities, for research and development projects, and for tire procurement or demonstration projects.

The five grant recipients are:

Brown County Solid Waste Management Authority and Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.

A $295,854 grant will purchase machinery to shred approximately 1,500,000 scrap tires over the next 18 months. The shredded tires will be used for tire-derived fuel and for civil engineering products at Rumpke's facilities in Brown County. Brown County and Rumpke will invest more than $1,800,000 into the project. For further information, contact Dan Wickerham, Brown County SWMA, 937-378-3431.

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) and Crane Plastics Manufacturing, LTD

A $36,000 grant will help Crane Plastics produce a newly designed railroad tie of recycled plastic and scrap tires. Once production is underway, Crane believes that the company's consumption of shredded rubber could grow to the equivalent of 1,700,000 scrap tires a year. Crane Plastics will provide more than $36,000 in matching funds for the project. For further information, contact Michael Long, SWACO, 614-871-5100.

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District and Groundscape Technologies, LLC

A $250,000 grant will purchase and install a packaging system so that Groundscape Technologies can dispose of 1,090,000 scrap tires annually. The company will use the shredded tires to produce a variety of landscaping materials and playground surfaces material. Cuyahoga County and Groundscape will invest $460,000 into the project. For further information, contact Patrick Holland, Cuyahoga County SWMD, 216-443-3749.

Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District and Cinergy Power Generation Services, LLC

A $35,000 grant will allow Cinergy to process 60,000 scrap tires for a test burn and research project to determine the feasibility of using shredded tires as fuel in the company's Miami Fort boiler. Cinergy will invest more than $170,000 into the pilot project. For further information, contact Jeffrey Aluotto, Hamilton County SWMD, 513-946-7719.

Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority and Akron Thermal, LP

A $310,000 grant will purchase and install a scrap tire-derived fuel feed system that will complement Akron Thermal's existing boiler system. The company plans to use this fuel feed to process approximately 1,095,000 tires per year. Akron Thermal will invest $450,000 into the project. For further information, contact Carlene Groeger, Summit/Akron SWMA, 330-374-0383.