News Release 682

Scrap tire playground material grants available from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Application deadline is Jan. 19.

Volume 38-682 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 7, 2010 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Solid Waste Management Program is accepting applications for fiscal year 2011 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 Jan. 19, 2011.  Hand-delivered applications must arrive at the department by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2011.

Approximately $200,000 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. The department has awarded $2 million in Scrap Tire Material grants to 319 organizations since the grants were first made available in 1994.

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, permitting, 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 department’s Website at dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/tires/tirefinassistance.htm.  

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

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