VanderWall applauds $72,000 in grants to collect scrap tires in the district

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Thursday congratulated 10 communities in the 35th District on being awarded funds from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for scrap tire drop-off events.

“When scrap tires are improperly dumped, they pose a fire hazard and can create numerous other problems, such as breeding grounds for mosquitos,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “These drop-off events are a great way to enable the tires to be used again in a variety of recycled materials.”

VanderWall said recycled scrap tires can be used in asphalt to pave roads, for energy recovery, as landscape mulch in gardens and on playgrounds, and in the manufacturing process as commodity material.

Community drop-off events provide affordable, convenient, tire-recycling opportunities to residents, including the creation of yearlong collections sites and roadside pickups.

$72,784 has been awarded to the following communities in the district:
• Benzie County : $8,048
• Kalkaska County: $4,000
• Inman property (private): $6,000
• Webber Township: $2,000
• Leelanau County: $8,736
• Manistee County: $16,000
• Missaukee Conservation District: $6,000
• Mills Township: $4,000
• Middle Branch Township: $12,000
• Osceola-Lake Conservation District: $6,000

The DEQ awarded $983,244 in grants to a total of 65 applicants. The grants will fund 62 community scrap tire drop-off events in both urban and rural communities across the state.

For more information about Michigan’s Scrap Tire Program, visit www.Michigan.gov and search for “DEQ scrap tires.