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The Kentucky Division of Waste Management (DWM) estimates that about 4 million scrap tires are generated annually in Kentucky. Kentucky waste tire statutes ensure responsible waste tire management. The law requires tire retailers, transporters, and accumulators to register with the state and post a bond. The law also establishes management standards for scrap tires to reduce the risk of fire, and prevent water entrapment and mosquito infestations. 


Rubber-Modified Asphalt (RMA) Grant

Applications Accepted for Rubber-Modified Asphalt Grant

Application deadline is April 1, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2021) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will provide grant funding to county or metro-government entities for local road projects that utilize rubber-modified asphalt, rubber from finely ground waste tires. Applications must be received by April 1, 2021.

“The division is excited to offer these grants to Kentucky counties,” said the director of the Division of Waste Management, Tammi Hudson. “We believe rubber-modified asphalt can provide several benefits, including promoting a cost-effective, performance-enhancing additive for county paving projects, and improving end-use markets for recycled tires which can lead to better waste tire management across the commonwealth.”

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Waste Tire Collection Grant

Division of Waste Management Announces $4,000 Grants Available to Recycle or Dispose of Waste Tires

Kentucky counties urged to apply for funds by June 7.  FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2021) – Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants through the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management’s (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.

“These grants can assist Kentucky counties in managing waste tires collected in litter cleanups or from other sources,” said Rebecca Goodman, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. “Along with DWM’s Waste Tire Collection Event program, this grant can help prevent the accumulation of waste tires in our communities.”

Waste tire grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7, 2021. Grant funds, which do not require a match, can be used for costs incurred by a county from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 for recycling or disposal of waste tires. Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible. Counties must submit receipts for their expenses with their close-out report form by July 15, 2022 and return any unused funds to the cabinet by July 31, 2022.

Grant packets will be emailed to county judge-executives and solid waste coordinators. For more information contact Grant White at 502-782-6385 or grant.white@ky.gov.

 Spring 2021 WTCE Schedule with Locations.pdf      

 Waste Tire Grant Packet 2021-22.doc

Crumb Rubber/Tire Derived Products Grant 

Gov. Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Goodman: $530,000 in Grants to 19 Counties

 Grant recipients get money for projects that involve recycled waste tires

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2021) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced $529,800 in grant funding for benches, picnic tables, walkways and poured-in-place playground surfacing projects that utilize recycled waste tires. 

The grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly to receive a $2 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage the approximately 5 million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

“As we build a healthier, better Kentucky coming out of this pandemic, these projects are a great way to support our environment and improve the spaces where our people play, exercise and relax,” Gov. Beshear said. “As many of us were reminded during the past year, getting outdoors is really helpful in relieving stress. It’s a wonderful way to take care of ourselves while spending time with the people who matter most. I hope this funding can help create even more positive memories for Kentucky families.”

Waste Tire Working Group

In the 2011 regular session, the legislature passed House Bill 433, which established the Waste Tire Working Group (WTWG) in KRS 224.50-855, consisting of the director of the Division of Waste Management, the manager of the Recycling and Local Assistance Branch, one representative of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and two representatives of the Solid Waste Coordinators of Kentucky. The group provides advice and input to the cabinet regarding waste tire issues.

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