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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

More Than $480,000 in Grants Awarded to Six Counties for Application of Rubber-Modified Asphalt to Roadways

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2020) - Governor Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that up to $482,749 in grant funding has been awarded to six counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing waste tires.

Counties receiving grants include: Hardin ($114,514), Calloway ($56,100), Simpson ($85,830), McLean ($85,000), Butler ($101,430), and Green ($39,875).

The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate and can extend the life of a road by four to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface and can extend the road life by seven to ten years.

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Waste Tire Collection Grant

Division of Waste Management announces $4,000 grants available from the Waste Tire Trust Fund.  Kentucky counties urged to apply for fund.  FRANKFORT, KY. (May 7, 2020) –Kentucky counties can now apply for $4,000 in waste tire recycling and removal grants from money that is available through the Energy and Environment Cabinet's Division of Waste Management (DWM) Waste Tire Trust Fund.  "Eligible expenses under this grant are the actual costs that the county incurs during the grant period for recycling or disposal of waste tires," said Gary Logsdon, manager of DWM's Recycling and Local Assistance Branch.  "Other expenses, such as labor and equipment costs, are not eligible."  The grant period is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  Costs incurred by a county beginning July 1, 2020 for recycling or disposal of waste tires are eligible.  Counties must submit receipts for those costs with their close-out report form by July 15, 2021.  Waste tire Grant applications must be submitted no later than June 7th, 2020.  These grants do not require a match.  Any unused funds must be returned to the Cabinet by July 31, 2021.

 2020 Fall WTCE Schedule with Locations (3 per week).pdf          

 Waste Tire Grant Packet 2020-21.doc

Crumb Rubber/Tire Derived Products Grant 

Division of Waste Management Announces Grants for Crumb Rubber Projects


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Rebecca Goodman today announced that $500,000 in grant funding has been awarded for benches, picnic tables and poured-in-place 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 five million scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and promotes the development of markets for recycled tire products.

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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