The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) has selected the recipients of the Green Schools grants and the waste tire recycling grants for 2014. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state. This year, the grants totaled more than $575,000.
“Promoting and fostering environmental stewardship is a state-wide commitment,” said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, M.D. “By rewarding these municipalities and school districts throughout Kansas for their innovation and hard work, we can ensure that our children are participating in a project that sparks a lifelong interest in conservation.”
Waste Tire Recycling Grants
More than $484,000 was awarded in waste tire recycling grants, which goes toward partially funding safe surfacing at playgrounds, tracks and picnic tables and benches made from waste tires. This year’s 29 waste tire recycling grants, ranging from $148.50 to $147,000, are distributed to recipients across the state. The grants are funded through a 25-cent tax paid on the purchase of new tires.
A grant was awarded to Ellsworth for $4,522 to purchase 10 picnic tables (4 ADA) and eight benches for Krizek and Priesker Parks
For more information on KDHE’s waste reduction grant opportunities and application procedures, contact the Bureau of Waste Management at (785) 296-1600, or visit www.kdheks.gov/waste. If you are interested in learning more about Kansas Green Schools, please visit www.kansasgreenschools.org. Lists of the 2014 grant recipients are attached to this message.