Division of Waste Management
Gov. Beshear announces crumb rubber grants

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2009  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown 502-564-7760  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced recipients of 11 crumb rubber grants totaling almost $200,000.

Beshear said the crumb rubber grants program encourages environmental stewardship. 

“Recycling used to be seen as strictly an environmental action,” Gov. Beshear said.  “Today recycling is also an economic issue.  Recycling isn’t just good for the environment, it makes sense economically.”

Grants this year are going to projects involving 11 playgrounds.  The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly. The fund receives a $1 fee from the sale of each new tire sold in the state. The fund is dedicated to managing the 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and to developing markets for recycled tire products. The program is administered by the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management.

Crumb rubber, made from recycled scrap tires, is used for mulch on playgrounds, for fitness/walking tracks, landscaping and for reduction in soil degradation on athletic fields.

Recipients in this round of funding, by county, are:

  • ALLEN – Cedar Springs Fire Department, $17,072.
  • CLINTON – Clinton County Early Childhood Center, $21,025.
  • FAYETTE – Faith Lutheran Church Childcare, $8,625.
  • GRAYSON – H.W. Wilkey Elementary School, $17,184.
  • HARRISON – Saint Edward Preschool and School, $31,395.
  • JEFFERSON – Camp Taylor Elementary School, $22,195.
  • JESSAMINE – Learning Tree Montessori School, $5,300. 
  • LETCHER – Letcher Elementary School, $24,564. 
  • MARION – Saint Augustine School, $21,109.  
  • SIMPSON – Greentree Child Care and Learning Center LLC, $16,738. 
  • WASHINGTON – City of Springfield, Idle Hour Park, $14,250. 

Spearheaded by the Energy and Environment Cabinet, a number of state agencies, local governments, businesses and organizations have joined together to celebrate Earth Day in the commonwealth. Some of these partners have organized environmental activities throughout the month of April while others are providing information and resources on protecting Kentucky's environment. Visit http://www.eec.ky.gov/educationoutreach/earthday.