News Release 444

DNR accepting applications for scrap tire playground material grants

Volume 37-444 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, NOV. 19, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Solid Waste Management Program is accepting applications for fiscal year 2010 Scrap Tire Material Grants.

These grants promote the use of recycled scrap tires for playground cover or surfacing material for running tracks, walking trails or other surfacing projects. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2010. Hand-delivered applications must arrive at the department by 5 p.m., Feb. 3, 2010.

Approximately $250,000 is available to fund these scrap tire material grants. Public schools, private schools, parks, non-profit day care centers, other non-profit organizations and governmental organizations other than state agencies, are eligible to submit applications. Since the grants were first made available in 1994, $1.8 million has been awarded to 305 organizations for these projects.

Preference will be given to applicants planning to use mats or pour-in-place materials. Applicants seeking to use mats or pour-in-place surfacing will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 while those requesting to use loose, shredded material will be eligible for up to $10,000. All grant recipients will be required to purchase scrap tire material from manufacturers who use at least 40 percent Missouri-generated scrap tires in their material.

The source of funds for this grant program is the 50-cent-per-tire fee collected on the sale of new tires in Missouri. The fee also finances cleanup of scrap tire dumps, and inspection and enforcement activities. The 50-cent fee was extended by the Legislature during the 2009 session and is set to expire in 2015.

Applications and instructions are available on the Web at dnr.mo.gov/forms/index.html or dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/forms/form_permit.htm.

For more information contact the department's Scrap Tire Unit at 800-361-4827 or 573-526-3909.

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