COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 21, 2010)—Grants have been awarded to 28 scrap tire cleanup projects in Ohio.
The grants, issued through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Tire Amnesty Grant program, will help Ohio's local governments promote sustainable scrap tire collection drives, sponsor tire drop-off efforts and engage in targeted clean up events.
Agencies receiving the grants include local solid waste districts, counties, health departments, townships, soil and water conservation districts and cities.
“When local agencies work together to solve environmental challenges, they increase the efficiency of public dollars,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “Tire amnesty programs are an effective method of redirecting valuable materials out of the waste stream, which benefits local communities.”
Grant amounts are dependent upon the number of recycled tires being diverted from the waste stream. The Tire Amnesty Grant Program, coordinated by ODNR's Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention, is funded through a fee on tires at the point of purchase.