$500,000 in Grants Awarded for Projects That Use Rubber Mulch From Waste Tires

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that $500,000 in grant funding has been awarded for benches, picnic tables and poured-in-place surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires.

The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $2 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately five million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

“Everyone benefits when we recycle, and so does our planet” said Gov. Beshear. “These projects show how waste tires can be used to create valuable products that take advantage of the durability of recycled tire rubber.”

Cabinet Secretary Goodman said poured-in-place rubber surfacing is becoming popular because it is safe and easier to maintain. “The Division of Waste Management is pleased to be a partner in these efforts through these grants,” she said.