Using the Recycling and Litter Prevention (R&LP) scrap tire grant from Ohio EPA’s DEFA, along with matching funds from Jackson Center Schools (JCS), a ground tire rubber (GTR) paving project created a new running track and walking paths connecting athletic facilities and a community park. JCS completed the paving project in less than a month after the grant money was awarded; just in time for the new school year to start. The project recycled 9.3 tons of scrap tires. Informative signs are posted at entry points to areas paved with GTR to educate and bring awareness about scrap tire projects.
Through the R&LP program, Ohio EPA offers grants of up to $300,000 per applicant for manufacturers and material processors to create or expand processing capacity and product manufacturing. There are also funds available for beneficial use projects that incorporate GTR and recycled asphalt shingles. For more information about Ohio EPA’s scrap tire grants, visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/Grants.aspx or contact Dave Foulkes at (614) 644-3118.